New van for Boys and Girls club

The club is the recipient of a new black 15-passenger van thanks to a collaborative effort between Minute Muffler and Signal Collision.

  • Jan. 12, 2015 8:00 p.m.
The Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club is the recipient of a new van thanks to donations from from Minute Muffler and Signal Collision.

The Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club is the recipient of a new van thanks to donations from from Minute Muffler and Signal Collision.

The Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club is getting a new ride.

The club is the recipient of a new black 15-passenger van thanks to a collaborative effort between Minute Muffler and Signal Collision.

“We really appreciate this generous donation from Minute Muffler and Signal Collision because we are transporting kids on a daily basis from picking up kids from school and taking them on daily outings in our community,” said Lori McNeill, executive director with the Boys and Girls Club.

Spearheaded by Clint Habart (Minute Muffler) and D’Arcy Giberson (Signal Collision), the two decided to pool resources to purchase a new vehicle for the club.

“I’ve been maintaining their vehicles for four years or better now. I usually don’t charge them anything so I’ve just be donating all the repairs to the Boys and Girls Club vans,” said Habart.

“As these vans are getting older, I’m feeling crappier and crappier about the kids in the community having to ride in these old beater vans.

“I’ve been looking around to buy them better vans.”

He eventually teamed up with Giberson to split the cost of a van to donate to the club.

“Quite some time ago, Clint and myself had talked about doing something like this and it was actually Clint who decided to approached me with the idea to support the Boys and Girls Club,” said Giberson. “To be honest with you, the words weren’t even completely out of his mouth and I was saying absolutely.

“I was so 100 per cent on board with supporting that group.”

Rick Orza also helped out with van decals, which feature logos for the club, as well as Minute Muffler and Signal Collision.

And this could be the first of many charitable endeavours between the two, as they have a desire to give back to the community.

“We’ve already talked about that and whether it’s also the Boys and Girls Club or if we venture into something else, I’m not really 100 per cent sure, but I’m definitely on board,” said Giberson.