Leif's Auto Centers Partners with Local Community to Help High School Senior Graduate and Enter the Air Force

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When Air Force veteran Arthur Anderson, of Jacksonville, put out the call for a community to come together to help a North Medford High School student, Leif's Auto Centers was one of the first to respond. High school senior Jase Philby was in the process of restoring his 1989 Chevy Silverado Pickup for his senior project when the car was destroyed by vandals during the last week of March. This project was Jase’s final requirement before graduating high school and fulfilling his dream of entering the United States Air Force. Leif’s Auto Centers heard about Jase’s situation and donated $5,000 worth of parts and work from their Phoenix, OR, location to help restore the vehicle and get Jase the necessary credits to graduate.

“We strive to be an active member of our local communities and as such are glad to help out when circumstances require it. This young man had quite a unique story and situation and we saw an opportunity to help.” - Leif's representative.

Leif's Auto Centers, a leader in Oregon Auto Body Repair, donated close to $5,000 worth of parts and work towards the restoration of a high school senior’s vandalized school project. Jase Philby, a North Medford student, was restoring a 1989 Chevy Pickup for his final senior project, his last requirement before graduating and entering the United States Air Force this summer. The pickup was destroyed by vandals during the last week of March leaving Jase seemingly without hope of completing his project and receiving the necessary credits to graduate. Leif’s generous donation was just one of many instances in which Leif’s Auto Centers has worked to be a productive member of their local communities.

A 1989 Silverado was among five Chevrolets stolen and vandalized during the last week of March 2012. Much more than a vehicle, this Silverado Pickup was also a crucial key to graduation for North Medford High School senior, Jase Philby. Jase was restoring the vehicle, of sentimental family value, as a senior project; the final step towards graduation and his entrance in to the United States Air Force.

The damage done to the vehicle extended beyond the cosmetic; into the steering column and transmission. All-told the destruction was significant enough for the insurance company to designate the truck as being “totaled.” The repairs costs would far exceed the actual worth of the vehicle.

When Air Force veteran Arthur Anderson out of Jacksonville put out the call for people to come together and help Jase, Leif's was one of the first to respond, and did so in a big way. The Phoenix Leif's branch was there to help, donating $5,000 worth of parts and work, a good portion of the nearly $8,000 of total expenses towards repairs. The rest of the funding came from local businesses and individual donations to help restore the vehicle. Industrial Finishes of Medford donated all the paint, valued at $800. B&R Auto Wrecking halved the $300 price for a new steering column and glass. Though past the project due date, North Medford High School extended the deadline for Jase while work towards completing the repairs continues.

Leif’s generous donation was just one of many instances in which Leif’s Auto Centers has worked to be a productive member of their local communities.

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