Generous Donors Get Salvation Army Programs on The Road With Style and Safety

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Mark Frost (VP Operations, Jim Ellis Cars, Inc.), Jim Ellis (Owner/President, Jim Ellis Cars, Inc.), Major James Seiler (The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander), Jim Lynch (COO, The Salvation Army), and Jeff Waugh (Jim Ellis Cars, Inc), celebrate as the Jim Ellis Team hand off the keys to thirteen new Multi-function School Activity Buses to The Salvation Army.

In April 2001, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer advisory stating that 15-passenger vans are especially prone to roll over when fully loaded, and should only be operated by trained drives.

With many of the vans in the Army’s fleet of vehicles being used to transport local youth, elderly and families to and from our many metro Atlanta area programs, we moved quickly to address this potential issue. Immediately our staff of  drivers began  receiving extensive safety training while we sought the necessary funding to purchase newer, safer vehicles.

On October 8, 2010, thanks to a generous anonymous donor, Jim Ellis Cars, and Thomas Built Buses, our metro Atlanta area programs were gifted 13  Multi-Function School Activity Buses (valued at nearly $500,000).

“It took a few years, but we were fortunate to find a local donor who understood the importance and urgency of purchasing and deploying these newly equipped vehicles.” explains Major James Seiler, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander, who says the vehicles will be used to transport hundreds of local men, women and children daily to and from Salvation Army programs and facilities.

“Our donor provided the funding and Jim Ellis ensured that we were able to purchase and build vehicles that met the highest standards in safety and functionality for our programs.”

Twenty Salvation Army staffers and officers arrived at Jim Ellis Chevrolet, traded-in their 15-passenger vans, received a brief walk-through and training on the amenities and safety features of their new vehicles, and drive-off with the thirteen new mini-buses which were escorting clients and members before the day’s end.

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful to our donors, Thomas Built Buses, and the staff at Jim Ellis Cars for their contribution to our local programs for men, women, and children.

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