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Veteran Receives “Recycled Ride” From BPSTIL   
Posted 12/18/20


Photo of restored Chevrolet HHR with big green bow on the hood‘Tis the season for giving and students in the Automotive Tech and Collision Repair program at Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning (BPSTIL) shifted holiday cheer into overdrive for a former Marine injured in the line of duty. Just call it Operation: Merry and Bright. 

Shea Wilkes from Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport accepted the keys to the shiny red sleigh -- or rather Chevrolet HHR -- on behalf of the local veteran who wished to remain anonymous. The Recycled Rides program is the culmination of BPSTIL partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project, State Farm and numerous industry partners. 

The gifting ceremony was over a year in the making. State Farm donated the totaled vehicle to the Auto Tech program and work began in August 2019 to repair, refinish and repaint it; then, COVID slammed the brakes on the project when schools were forced to close in March. Former and current students picked up where they left off when school resumed in August 2020 and accelerated the project to finish it in time for the holidays. 

The Chevrolet HHR is now fully restored, looks as good as new and has a proud owner behind the wheel. What a wonderful way to share holiday cheer and make a deserving veteran's holiday merry and bright!