Busi­nesses join to give car to needy fam­ily

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Christi C. Bab­bitt

A fam­ily in need was sur­prised with a car in De­cem­ber as part of an ef­fort by lo­cal busi­nesses to give back to their com­mu­nity.

Sin­gle mother Karen Ler­will and her chil­dren Jayda and Koby, of Payson, were in­vited to Ro­barge Col­li­sion in Span­ish Fork on Dec. 17 where they were greeted by a crowd of donors and well-wish­ers and pre­sented with a fully re­paired and re­stored 2006 Chrysler 300 do­nated by Wade and Kris­ten Dud­ley. Ler­will’s chil­dren were born with ge­netic de­fects and the mother has MS. The fam­ily hadn’t had a car for five years.

“I’m just shocked,” Ler­will said af­ter be­ing pre­sented with the car, which was filled with gifts for the fam­ily in­clud­ing gas cards loaded with hun­dreds of dol­lars. “I can’t thank them enough .... It’s go­ing to change a lot of things for me.”

Cary Ro­barge, owner of Ro­barge Col­li­sion with his wife Judy, said the car give­away has been a tra­di­tion at their busi­ness eight out of the 11 years they have owned it. The Ro­barges work with Matt Bar­ber, pres­i­dent of Western States In­sur­ance in Span­ish Fork, and his wife Rochelle each year to find the car, get it fixed and lo­cate a de­serv­ing fam­ily.

Cary Ro­barge said a suit­able car that has been wrecked is found; he then works with var­i­ous ven­dors to co­or­di­nate the re­pair ef­forts, which are do­nated. Ro­barge employees par­tic­i­pate in the process, do­nat­ing the time they spend to help fix the ve­hi­cles.

“This is what Christ­mas is all about for me,” Ro­barge said. “We changed the life of a com­plete stranger to­day and that’s what it’s all about.” He es­ti­mated about 150 peo­ple were in­volved in get­ting the 2015 car ready to go.

Matt Bar­ber works each year to find the fam­ily that will re­ceive the car. “We al­ways try to find a per­son who’s the most de­serv­ing and the least ex­pec­tant,” he said. Of­ten he con­tacts Nebo School Dis­trict for a re­fer­ral, but some­times the fam­ily is found in oth­ers ways such as sim­ple word of mouth.

“This is like the high­light of the hol­i­day sea­son for me and my fam­ily, so we’re just happy to be a part of it,” Bar­ber said.

In ad­di­tion to Ro­barge Col­li­sion and Western States In­sur­ance, other donors par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2015 car give­away in­cluded LHM Dodge, LKQ Key­stone, Salt Lake Chrome, Napa Auto Parts, Big O Tires, Safe­lite Au­to­Glass, Wiggy Wash and Dick­er­son Au­to­mo­tive.

Canyon Foot and An­kle, a med­i­cal of­fice ded­i­cated to find­ing the per­fect treat­ment for your foot con­di­tion and life­style, has opened in Span­ish Fork. With a “con­ser­va­tive-first” ap­proach, Dr. Levi J. Berry works with each pa­tient to find the best pos­si­ble treat­ment. Dur­ing his com­pre­hen­sive res­i­dency train­ing, he earned fore foot and rear foot surgery cer­tifi­cates and is fully board qual­i­fied by the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Foot and An­kle Sur­geons. Canyon Foot and An­kle is lo­cated on Span­ish Fork’s Main Street across from the Span­ish Fork Fair­grounds in­side the Pre­ci­sion Vi­sion Build­ing.

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