SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's an act of kindness for a man who knows what it means to help others. Ryedell Davis was given a set of wheels and $1,500 to help him with his work with Team ANGEL, which stands for ‘Avoid Negative Garbage, Enjoy Life.’
Davis, who co-founded the organization, works with Syracuse youth who are at risk from drugs and local gang violence. Team ANGEL helps the kids through mentoring, helping them with homework, and organizing programs and outings.
Davis says the organization is important because the people who work with the kids at the Southwest Community Center can also relate to them.
"We understand where they come from. A lot of the kids come from the same exact community, the same circumstances, a single-parent home, losing family members to deaths. So we really understand what they go through so it's easier for us to work with them," said Davis.
Davis says he will be using the car to help transport teens to and from Team ANGEL-sponsored events, to get himself back and forth to the community center, and to attend various speaking engagements. The money will be used to help Team ANGEL get non-profit status.
The vehicle was granted through the Recycled Rides Program, created by the National Auto Body Council.
Local business partners who donated the vehicle and refurbished it:
-The Hanover and Bailey, Haskell & Lalonde donated the vehicle, which is worth approximately $6,000. The Hanover also will donate $1,500 to Davis' program, Team ANGEL
-Sam's Auto Body and Service Center refurbished the vehicle, donating labor for repairs and securing the needed parts and paint vendors
-The United Way worked with Sam's and The Hanover to choose the recipient