City College students give car to help family

Posted at 6:32 PM, Apr 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-28 20:32:13-04

Transportation can make life much easier and students gave one family the gift of a car on Saturday.

City College at MSU Billings students unveiled a 2007 Volvo to give to the Gookin family, which lives in Shepherd.

The students fixed the dents and did the body work for their class in the school’s Automobile Collision Repair and Refinishing Program.

Mary Gookin did not have a car when her husband was out of town on fencing jobs.

Several groups helped including Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC), a partnership of churches.

"I am so grateful and so humbled, just in total awe of what God can do and the community," said Gookin.

"It was incredible to watch her accept the keys,” said Alyssa Foster of Love INC. “And one of the things I love is often times, people who are helped by a ministry like Love INC end up having the opportunity themselves to help someone else in the future."

"Something like this gives (students) a chance to give back to the community and let them see what a difference it can make,” said Steve Woodrich, a City College instructor. “And it shows them another aspect of what learning this trade can help them do. They can help people besides just doing the job."

Woodrich and City College also went through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Ride Program.

Local shops donated about $6,000 worth of material to help repair the car.