Crystal CARSTAR Hosts Military Appreciation Celebration

Lenexa, KS. (November 5, 2012) – This November, Crystal CARSTAR in Lenexa, KS.. will honor America’s active duty and military veterans with a special celebration for CARSTAR National Military Month. It will include a national partnership with iPods for Wounded Veterans, which is a charity dedicated to helping wounded service men and women by providing a diversion and easing the boredom of recovery by donating iPods, iPads, eReaders and other materials that improve their quality of life.

During November Crystal CARSTAR will collect donations of new or gently used iPods, iPads, Nooks or Kindles. Supporters can also donate iTunes gift cards or make a financial contribution for iPods for Wounded Veterans to purchase the electronics directly. Crystal CARSTAR is also hosting a celebration on Thursday, November 8th from 5pm to 8pm at 13750 W. 108th Place (108th & Pflumm). The celebration will include a color guard, giveaway of a vehicle to a disabled veteran through Cars 4 Heroes as well as food, and live entertainment.

To make a donation, visit: Crystal CARSTAR from 7:30 am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday. The collected items will be donated in December to recovering military members at select military hospitals around the country.

Jim Marshall, owner of Marshall’s Autobody CARSTAR in Billerica, MA, and an Air Force veteran, began working with iPods for Wounded Veterans in 2011 and is leading all of the CARSTAR stores around the country in the collection effort this year. He has been supporting iPods for Wounded Veterans since November 2011, collecting donations from customers, vendors, friends, family and other local businesses, totaling more than $18,000 for the program. He had an opportunity to visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier this year to present the iPods, iPads, Kindles and Nooks to the troops.

“People want to help, they just need the avenue and direction,” said Marshall. “The gift of an iPod, iPad, Nook or Kindle, or even magazines and books, provides much needed distraction from the grueling rehabilitation processes these soldiers face. It’s been an honor to work with this program over the past year and help these soldiers in need. And I’m proud to lead the CARSTAR owners and our customers around the country in expanding awareness and support of the iPods for Wounded Veterans program to touch even more of our troops.”

About iPods for Wounded Veterans Formally established in January of 2011, iPods for Wounded Veterans provides iPods, iPads, eReaders and other materials to improve the quality of life for our wounded Veterans. The intensive rehabilitation they require can take months, even years. These materials provide a diversion, easing the boredom and repetitiveness of the rehabilitation and recovery process. Our Class A security clearance allows us to personally deliver these gifts to Military and Veterans hospitals and interact with Veterans and their families one-on-one. iPods for Wounded Veterans is made up entirely of volunteers - there are NO paid employees. Between 90-93% of all funds raised go directly back to the wounded Veterans, with the only expenditures being those necessary to travel to and from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other Military and Veterans hospitals. For more information visit www.ipodsforwoundedveterans.org.

About CARSTAR CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities with more than 400 locations in 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR delivers national scale, consistently high-quality vehicle repairs, repeatable outcomes and the industry’s highest customer satisfaction ratings; all repairs are backed by a national warranty and service guarantee. For more information visit www.carstar.com.

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