The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ), the state’s largest association of collision and mechanical repairers, is encouraging automotive repairers to reach out and support the victims of Hurricane Katrina. AASP/NJ hopes to set an example by donating $2,500 to help automotive repairers who have lost loved ones, jobs, businesses and home.
“After conference calling with dozens of automotive repair professionals across the country, we have decided to direct our support to those in our industry who have been hurt the most,” AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant says. “We are contributing to a fund that will be directing the money and supplies to victims from the automotive repair industry. We are also hoping to put together a list of shops that have jobs available for the countless number of repairers who have lost jobs in the Gulf Coast area.”
“Whenever a tragedy like this occurs, it puts everything into perspective,” AASP/NJ President Bob Everett says. ” I’m sure most of us have already contributed individually but as an association, we still felt we needed to do more. Sending the money is one way to handle it. Another is to find potential jobs for those who don’t have a place to go to work to anymore. Hopefully, all the other associations across the country will attempt to do something like we are doing. The people of the Gulf Coast need our help and we have to be there for them. I’m proud to be president of a group that feels that way.”