Our Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair location at 501 East Sligh Avenue in Tampa collected close to 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food donations from their customers during their four week “Putting the Brakes on Hunger” campaign that ended yesterday. They gave away a free set of brake pads including the labor to install them, to anyone who brought in eight cans or boxes of non-perishable food. Megan Carlson, Volunteer Services Manager from Feeding Tampa Bay confirmed the group donated more than 687 meals worth of food.
The first-time campaign was conceived by the shop’s manager Aaron Turner and this time was only valid at his Sligh Avenue location. Turner contacted Jason Caballero and Mike Salazar at Advance Auto Parts at 901 E. Hillsborough asking for assistance in sponsoring the campaign. Caballero and Salazar agreed to supply the parts for the campaign to help with costs.
Since the program was so successful at generating donations, the Pinellas-based auto repair franchise with 17 locations in five bay area counties said they are working with the various franchise owners to consider executing the program to additional franchise locations in the future.
Turner said, “our customers really came through. We didn’t know what to expect but thanks to them, the guys at Advance and our technicians Eric Casillas and Joey DeFreese, I think we really hit it out of the park.”
According to Tina M. Denham, President of Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair, “we are so proud to partner with Feeding Tampa Bay. It is a privilege to help facilitate our customer’s support of a local charity that maintains a powerfully positive significance while conducting challenging important work and making positive impacts in the lives our community’s citizens and families.”
The auto repair franchise does several charitable donations for auto service promotions each year, some are company-wide (Toys for Tots for 10 years), while other promotions are shop specific. Each location’s franchise owner is encouraged to support the charities that they hold close to their heart or support neighborhoods located near their shops. “Our customers and community have been very good to us for over 40 years, and supporting worthy local charities is an excellent way for us to give back to the community and our customers for their support,” Denham said.
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