- An Ohio Ford dealer donates cash to a local food pantry.
- A Virginia dealer offers to help pay for holiday pet adoptions.
- A Pennsylvania Lexus dealer assembles holiday gifts at no charge.
SANTA MONICA, California — Auto dealerships are showing their holiday spirit this season. Here are a few unique ways dealers are spreading cheer:
Vallery Ford in Waverly, Ohio, is making a monetary donation to the local food pantry for every car sold. Through December 15, 2013, the Ohio dealership is donating $25 per vehicle sold to the Pike County Outreach Food Pantry. Vallery Ford has a long history of supporting its community, and regularly donates to local nonprofit charities, civic clubs and student groups. This is the second year that Vallery Ford has donated to Pike County Outreach Food Pantry.
Mike Duman Auto Sales in Suffolk, Virginia, is encouraging local residents to adopt a pet this holiday season. The dealer has set aside $2,500 to defer the cost of pet adoption from the Suffolk Animal Care Center. The dealer will give $25 to each adopter.
"We have adopted wonderful pets from Suffolk Animal Care Center, and they mean the world to me and my family," Mike Duman, dealership owner, told the Suffolk News Herald. "I hope others who are considering adopting will take advantage of this special offer, give a pet a forever home for the holidays, and give themselves the gift of a loving pet."
EuroMotorcars in Bethesda, Maryland, donated nearly $3,500 to the Montgomery Police Foundation to purchase two new Trek bikes. The bikes will be used by the Montgomery County Police to patrol downtown Bethesda.
EuroMotorcars General Manager Charlie Harmel says it feels natural to help the Second District Police. He is a local resident, and wants to do good for the community, because "the community is extremely good to us."
The donation replaces bikes that EuroMotorcars purchased in 2001.
Thompson Lexus in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, is taking some of the frustration out of gift giving this holiday season. Thompson Lexus will, at no charge, assemble children's gifts in its service department. This year's program runs November 25 to December 23. This is the fifth year Thompson Lexus has offered this service.
The gift giver simply drops off the unassembled toy in the service department, and the "Toy Technician" team will put the item together and call when it's ready for pick-up. The program is available for the general public, not just Thompson Lexus customers.
"Sometimes these toys can be tough to put together, and people have enough on their minds this time of year. People find this service convenient, and if we can make the season a bit less stressful, we are happy to," says Troy Stevenson, manager of pre-owned sales at Thompson Lexus. The dealership also encourages its patrons to drop off a new, unwrapped gift for its Toys for Tots collection effort when they pick up their assembled gift.
For the 10th straight year, the Rusnak Auto Group in Pasadena, California, is sponsoring a holiday toy drive to support local Los Angeles County charity Hillsides. Hillsides is a 100-year-old organization aiming to help more than 7,000 at-risk children and families by offering community-based and residential treatment programs.
Toys are collected December 3-24, and be dropped off at five local Rusnak dealers.
"My family has been involved with Hillsides for over two decades, and I am thrilled to once again be in the position of helping the children and families of Hillside during the holidays," Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi, Rusnak vice president of public relations told Pasadenanow.com. "I urge our customers to get into the holiday giving spirit by dropping off unwrapped toys, books, stuffed animals and other gifts for children of all ages — including teens — at one of the five locations."
The gifts will be given to children living at the Hillsides Residential Treatment Services facilities, and to children who are being served by Hillsides Family Resource Centers.
Edmunds says: Feel-good news helps close out 2013 on a cheerful note.