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Chicago area CARSTARs gather donations for VA hospital patients, families

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:00
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For the seventh consecutive year, the CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts locations in the Chicago area are collecting food and household items for the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital Fisher House, which provides housing for families of military members being treated at local VA medical centers.

Hines Fisher House opened its doors on March 1, 2010, and has provided free accommodations to more than 3,000 guests.  The Fisher House is “a home away from home” for family members, caregivers or loved ones of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.

From now until January 15, 2015, the 14 area shops are serving as drop off points for donations.  For every package donated, customers will receive a raffle entry for a $100 gift card.  To find the nearest CARSTAR location, visit www.carstar.com.

Items needed include:


  • Grocery Gift Cards
  • Tuna fish lunch packs
  • Microwavable meals


  • Liquid Detergent and Fabric Softener
  • Paper Towels
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Glade Plug-ins

Home and Garden

  • Gardening Gloves
  • Home Depot Gift Cards
  • Power Washer


  • White Sheets (Full/Queen)

“The Chicagoland CARSTAR stores all have a strong commitment to giving back to the community,” said Lou Scola, owner of CARSTAR Scola’s and president of the CARSTAR Chicago Business Group.  “What the Fisher House does for military families is invaluable.  We are happy to be able to support such a worthwhile cause.”

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities with more than 430 locations in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR delivers national scale, consistently high-quality vehicle repairs, repeatable outcomes and the industry’s highest customer satisfaction ratings; all repairs are backed by a national warranty and service guarantee.  For more information visit www.carstar.com.  CARSTAR is actively seeking new franchisees.  Interested parties should contact Scott Robertson, Vice President of Development at srobertson@carstar.com or 888.505.6815.

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