Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The local auto shop filled an entire box full of Toys for Tots donations.
"I just can’t see a kid waking up Christmas morning without any toys. If one toy makes a kid smile, then it’s worth it for me." That's what Dorsey Transmission owner Jack Bell said when he announced the kick-off of his company's Toys for Tots participation.To increase the public's interest, Bell offered a free one-hour diagnostic test to any patron who donated at least one, new and unwrapped toy. As it turned out, the community heard and stepped up. Back in November, Bell said he hoped to fill at least one box for the program, meaning 40 to 50 toys, and that's exactly what he and his patrons did. Wednesday, the local business owner contacted Patch to express his gratitude and excitement that his goals were reached. "I would like to thank …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
For $1.50, residents can purchase a calendar knowing 100 percent of the proceeds will go to families in need.
When he’s not fixing engine parts or finding more ways to tread through tough economic times, Frank Eberle is focused on helping local families. That’s why, since the 1990s, Eberle and his auto shop crew has sold calendars and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to those in need. In a partnership with Delmont United Methodist Church called “Calendars for Christmas,” Eberle Automotive hopes a family will have Christmas presents this year thanks to the charitable effort. Eberle hopes families in need will benefit from the program, by having a greater chance of buying gifts for their children during the holiday season. After speaking with a local church, Eberle got the program rolling. “I found open arms [at Delmont United Methodist Church…
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Bringing one unwrapped toy gives customers a full, one-hour diagnostic test.
Severn business owner Jack Bell doesn’t have kids, but that isn’t stopping him from using his auto shop to benefit children this holiday season. As the owner of Dorsey Transmission Bell is using his business as a drop-off location for the annual Toys for Tots program. Anyone that brings one new, unwrapped toy to donate will receive a free one-hour diagnostic of their vehicle, an $85 value. “I just can’t see a kid waking up Christmas morning without any toys,” Bell said. “If one toy makes a kid smile, then it’s worth it for me.” According to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation website, "The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Owner Steve Connolly brought more than 70 cans for families in need in the greater Severn area.
When Steve Connolly read about the Christian Assistance Program's food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church, he thought of a way to give back to the community. His business, Environmental Auto Services, offered a $10 discount to patrons who donated two or more cans to the food pantry. Connolly met with Jean McHenry, the food pantry's manager, and delivered more than 75 cans Thursday morning to the local church. "We'll keep doing this all the way to Christmas," Connolly said. "This is more than I thought, this is wonderful," McHenry said excitedly.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The owner of Environmental Auto Services in Millersville wants to give residents a reason to help their neighbors in need.
Auto shop owner Steve Connolly saw a local food pantry in need and didn’t hesitate to put his company to work. After reading an article on Patch about the Severn United Methodist Food Pantry’s dire need of donations, Connolly knew he wanted to help. Back in August, the food pantry at Severn United Methodist Church was at risk of closing its doors. More and more families were turning up throughout the summer months but donations were decreasing every week, said pantry manager Jean McHenry. Despite battling through knee surgeries on both legs, the 78-year-old volunteer was devoted to the cause. But the drop in donations made her fear for those who depended on the pantry to eat. Having never met McHenry, Connolly started an initiative that …