January 26, 2017 – Richmond, VA – “The flooding is surreal, something out of a digital movie …. but it’s all real. I know the images are all over the news but it truly is hard for the human mind to grasp, until you see it”. This is what the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF) had heard from a local I-CAR volunteer when flooding hit West Virginia hard.
True to its mission of ‘Bringing Awareness and Emergency Relief to Collision Repair Professionals’, CIF was looking to help out. Lori Honaker – working at the Greenbrier Collision Center – filled out the CIF application for assistance, sharing “lost everything except a place to live, but it is badly damaged / destroyed. Anything will help to get us back up.”
When CIF trustee Jordan Hendler reached out via phone, Lori told her that what would be most helpful. “Her needs were mostly surrounding all of the appliances ruined by the water; her washer, dryer, refrigerator, hot water heater and dishwasher were all ruined,” remembers Jordan. “Because a local Lowe’s employee stepped up to get her a big combo discount, we were able to help her replace all those things. It was a really big deal to her.”
The Executive Board of CIF reviewed the situation and granted the $2,573 Lori needed to replace all those items. “That’s what CIF is all about, helping those within the Collision Industry that have experienced a catastrophic life event,” commented CIF Chair Bill Shaw. Heartfelt thanks go out to all CIF sponsors and donors of silent auction items, both assisting to raise the necessary funds for the relief efforts.