- Ford Hyundai of Kirkland, located in the state of Washington, decided to do a Halloween costume drive this year to provide needy local kids with something great to wear for trick-or-treating.
- The dealership gathered more than 70 gently used costumes by mid-month, dropped off by customers and the public at an interesting collection site: a "pumpkin colored" Ford Focus in the showroom.
- Dealership employees added cash donations to the mix, coming up with $600 for more costumes.
KIRKLAND, Washington — Ford of Kirkland and Hyundai of Kirkland have started what they hope will be an annual tradition: Collecting gently used Halloween costumes that needy children can use for the kid-centric holiday.
Ford Hyundai of Kirkland Business Development Manager Kristen Howard told Edmunds the costume drive has been "great fun and very successful! We are definitely looking to make this an annual event." Customers and the general public are invited to bring old costumes in good shape, suitable for ages 15 and under.
In a charming twist, the dealership is gathering the costume donations in a "pumpkin colored" Ford Focus in the showroom. The Focus is decorated for the season with a jack-o-lantern face and ghostly accents.
As of mid-October, Ford Hyundai of Kirkland had received 70 donated costumes. Additionally, dealership employees were invited to donate cash. Howard said she used that money "to collect a bunch of costumes — we raised over $600." The costumes are going to the local Boys & Girls Clubs of King County for distribution.
Already thinking of next year, Howard said the dealer "may try to park the vehicle different places around town to further promote the event."
Ford of Kirkland and Hyundai of Kirkland are neighbors covering a full city block in this 84,000-population town in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.
Edmunds says: What a great way to bring some fun to kids who need it — and to bring people in to the showroom for a good cause.