Washburn Tech Fulfills Big and Small Holiday Wishes

November 22, 2017

Topeka, Kan. – Washburn Tech is fulfilling holiday wishes, big and small, at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, in Building K on the Washburn Tech campus at 5724 SW Huntoon St. Washburn Tech’s Recycled Rides program will give-away two vehicles to local families in need, while the U.S. Marine Corps picks-up hundreds of handmade toys for area children.

Recycled Rides will be gifting a 2002 Buick LaSabre, donated by Ellen Norskov, and a 2007 Toyota Rav4, donated by James Benney. Recipients of the new rides, chosen through a nomination process, also receive a bag of car-care products and the promise of the first oil change and check-up.

Recycled Rides is a nationwide community service project of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) that partners auto students with instructors and professional mentors in the community to refurbish vehicles, which are awarded to local individuals, families or organizations in need. Area businesses and individuals also donate parts and supplies to get the vehicles on the road again. These vehicles become the 21st and 22nd Recycled Rides to be given away in our community since Washburn Tech began participating in the program.

In addition, Washburn Tech will donate hundreds of toys to the Toys for Tots campaign. The homemade wooden step stools, hobby horses, beat boxes and yoyos will be made during Washburn Tech’s Toys for Tots Build Day. The event involves students, instructors and volunteers from the community who make homemade toys for local children in need. This annual event is sponsored by Washburn Tech’s Student Advisory Board and SkillsUSA Chapter.