Newell’s has been a part of the greater Decatur community for over 60 years, and we wanted to find a big way to show our support and give back to the community that has supported us for so long! What better way than to offer what we do best! Part of the desire to create such a giveaway was to honor the late Mike Newell. My father loved Decatur, and helping the people of Decatur has long been a priority here at Newell’s Auto Body.
The Newell’s Auto Body Christmas Wish Benevolence program started in 2014, and including 2020, there have now been 6 winners. Partnered with Neuhoff Media, nominations are made on NowDecatur.com starting in Mid to late November. All nominations are reviewed by a team, and chosen in early December. Once a nominee is selected, the party planning begins. The presentation of the vehicle is usually done as a surprise, but in 2020 we were not able to have an indoor party so the coordination of the presentation was a bit more straightforward. Instead, we welcomed our recipient with signs, streamers, and lots of cheer! In these trying times, we are reminded to focus on the heart of what really matters. The presentation may not have been as big as in previous years, but it was no less special. Seeing the recipient’s reaction and getting to know great people in our community is priceless!
The preparation of the vehicle is something that is done all year long, and is a Newell’s Team effort! Once we procure a vehicle, we repair it, inspect it, and make it shine. Our talented technicians donate their time and skills to refurbish the vehicle. We fill the trunk with gifts, treats, car care supplies, and gift certificates. Some of these gift certificates come from local sponsors and provide car wash memberships, insurance services, and oil changes. It is important to us that there are Christmas gifts as an extra surprise for the recipient and his or her family. It brings us so much joy to provide reliable transportation to someone in need, it humbles us to see the immense need, and motivates us to make it possible year after year.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors and congratulate the 2020 winner - Connie Baker!
We hope she loves her refurbished 2009 Buick Lucerne with only 42,000 miles! Connie is an avid supporter of PawPrint Ministries and we would like to give a special thanks to this wonderful organization for coming out to support and surprise Connie.
Todd Newell and the Newell’s Auto Body team