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Auto Technology Instructor Michael Lindstrom hands the keys of the refurbished car to a representative from Cars 4 Christmas.

Highland Community College Technical Center Automotive Technology students were able to donate their time and effort to repair a car for the Cars 4 Christmas program. A non-profit organization in the Kansas City Metro, Cars 4 Christmas, gives donated autos to individuals in need a transformational gift.

Highland Auto Tech students partnered with area businesses to repair a Cadillac DeVille for the donation. Lewis Chevrolet Buick of Atchison donated the car, LKQ Auto Parts of Topeka donated a transmission, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts of Atchison donated parts and fluids and NAPA of Atchison donated a battery. Highland faculty members Ethan Forsberg and Michael Lindstrom guided students through the repair processes and completed paperwork for the donation to become reality.

“Efforts like this one not only further the mission of Highland to improve the quality of lives in the communities we serve but also helps our students learn the value of service. These cars go to people who genuinely need them to improve their lives and our students are uniquely qualified to help in that process.” Lucas Hunziger, Director of Technical Education at Highland Community College said of the project.

Cars will be given away at the Argosy Casino in Kansas City on the Dec. 21 starting at 6 a.m. in conjunction with a radio station promotion on 101FM the Fox.

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