New Year, New Ways to Help Community

It’s a New Year and as many look at their resolutions, at The Reed Factor, we like to look at ways to do more good.

For example, at Planet Ford in Spring, Texas and our team greatly enjoy helping our local community partners, including the Rotary Club of The Woodlands. This week’s meeting did not follow the typical meeting agenda. Instead, The Woodland Rotarians used their time to support STOP HUNGER NOW. Together, we packaged meals through a fun, hands-on assembly line process. When it was all said and done, nearly 10,000 meals had been assembled.

Each dehydrated meal is highly nutritious and comprises of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and essential vitamins and minerals. Each care package provides a reasonable serving for six and can be transport, stored and distributed to those in need.

STOP HUNGER NOW is a significant contributor in domestic and international disaster response efforts. The organization provides more than 5 million meals and 400 tons of aid to support the victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and nearly 200,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

At Planet Ford in Humble… here is one way they are helping.

mosaic charitable organization 11.56.27 PMMOSAIC Program students like Cole Nelson are working hard to have a successful life, but getting to work used to be a challenge for him. Imagine going to a job interview on a school bus or in a van that breaks down? That was a reality for him and for dozens of other students in the MOSAIC program.

“We would ask is there a van available, is there a vehicle available?” said Robin Pullen, MOSAIC teacher.

These are students between the ages of 18 and 22 that work every day to learn life skills needed for the post-secondary world. They would use district school buses and old maintenance vans as their transportation from point A to point B.

“We appreciate the white vans more than anyone will ever know, but they are smelly, and they are old, they are nasty, the doors don’t close, and the dash falls off, and the air doesn’t work,” said Pullen.

Their need was obvious, but the students desire to succeed would surpass it. On September of 2013, the owner of Planet Ford saw the need and decided to act.

When you see the children, and you see their need, it is our responsibility and our duty to make sure that they fulfill their needs; at that point Randall said, let’s just give them an expedition,” said Chuck Kramer, Planet’s Ford General Manager.

At Prestige Ford in Garland, Texas…

The community team is working with the Good Samaritans of Garland to help those in need with food and clothing drives.  They are are also working with area schools as we prepare for the Ford Drive Your Dreams campaign to help kids with everything from books to scholar ships.

 

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