Local businesses donate minivan to Kentucky Air Guardsman

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  • By Maj. Dale Greer
  • 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Christmas came early for a Kentucky Air Guardsman and his family when two local businesses teamed up to give them a refurbished minivan here Nov. 20.

Staff Sgt. Neil Goodlin and his wife, Amanda, accepted the keys to a 2012 Dodge Caravan following a surprise unveiling at Oxmoor Collision Center. The gift was made possible through the National Auto Body Council's "Recycled Rides" program, which restores wrecked vehicles to like-new condition before giving them to needy individuals.

Progressive Insurance provided Goodlin's Caravan, and 15 technicians from Oxmoor Collision donated more than 50 hours of time to restore it, according to Del Farmer, chief operating officer of Oxmoor Auto Group.

"This is going to help us out a lot," said an excited Goodlin moments after the unveiling, which he attended with his wife and two children, Ava, 3, and Dash, 6 months. "We were down to one vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup, and it didn't have enough room for both the kids' car seats. So this is pretty awesome.

"I can't thank the people at Oxmoor and Progressive enough, especially the guys who worked on it in the body shop and the paint shop. It looks amazing -- like a brand new car."

Goodlin is a fire team member in the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Security Forces Squadron. He joined the unit three years ago following a six-year tour of active duty in the U.S. Air Force.