Golden State donates cars to those in need

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Dave and Michelle Finkelstein, of Loomis, have provided six refurbished vehicles to in-need families through their business, Golden State Collision Centers, Inc., in the fourth annual Giving Back to the Community Benevolence Event, 2010. Over the past three years, refurbished vehicles were donated to six area families through the “Giving Back” program. This year, in conjunction with Farmer’s Insurance Group, Cottage Housing, Inc., Lutheran Services, Lighthouse Services and Casa de Esperanza, refurbished vehicles were presented to in-need families from the Northern California area. “Each year, we come across cars that are written off by either the owner or the insurance company. Often these older vehicles are simply in need of mechanical or bodywork to get them road-ready and safe to drive,” said Dave Finkelstein. “We are delighted to be able to not only increase our donation amount, but to do so in both the Sacramento and the Yuba-Sutter areas, thanks to contributions from Farmers Insurance Group and The Sutter County Superintendent of Schools.” Local vendors also donated their time and services as part of this program. They include AutoWest Honda, LKQ, Roseville Volkswagen, 1-800 Radiator & A/C, Keystone Automotive, The Dent Shoppe, Folsom Napa/Riebes, Bumper Warehouse, America’s Tire, Folsom Lake Kia, All Hyundai, Roseville Hyundai, ERTLS Automotive, Transparent Auto Glass, Sutter County Superintendent of Schools, Goore’s for Babies to Teens, Farmer’s Insurance Bob Neilson, AAA Insurance, and employees of Golden State Collision Centers, Inc. Golden State Collision Centers, founded by Finkelstein in 1993, has locations in Roseville, Sacramento, Orangevale, Lincoln and Yuba City. In September, Golden State Collision held a Boy Scout and Girl Scout fundraiser, netting $6,300 for the two youth groups. – Staff report