Wheels to Prosper Winners Announced!!!

Aardvark Auto Gave Away Two Cars on Saturday!

We’re excited to announce our winners from Saturday’s Wheels to Prosper to Giveaway! This is the second year we were able to give away two cars.

Meet Karolyn Foss, Winner of the ’04 Ford Focus

Wheels to Prosper Winner Karolyn Foss

Wheels to Prosper Winner Karolyn Foss and her son, Billy, with Lynda

Karolyn Foss is a hardworking mom, juggling a job and caring for her 6-year-old son, Billy, and 17-year-old daughter, Meghan. Without a car of her own, she has been sharing a vehicle with her parents. Her dad works nights, so she was taking him to work and going back at 3 am to pick him up. In the morning, she would drive herself to work. Meghan also has a job and has been catching a ride with her co-worker. Meghan graduated from high school early, so she could start college and get a job to help her mother.

The Ford Focus will truly make a difference in Karolyn, Billy, Meghan, and her parents’ lives!

Meet Dustin Ammons, Winner of the ’04 Ford Escape

Wheels to Prosper Winner Dustin Ammons

Lynda with Dustin behind the wheel of his new Ford Escape

Dustin Ammons is an 18-year-old senior at Bushland High School. He has been on his own since he was 15, and works two jobs on top of going to school. He actually started school last year as a sophomore, and has taken classes online and studied hard to maintain an “A/B” average. Without a car, he was riding his bicycle to work and taking the bus to school each day. Many times, he would close at Taco Bell, get home at 3 a.m., and wake up in time to get to the bus stop for school. In fact, he never missed a day.

Dustin loves cars and wants to know what makes them work. Needless to say, his goal is to attend automotive school and then work in a shop.

Thanks to All Who Contributed!

We’d like to thank Pro News 7 for donating the ’04 Ford Escape, the Amarillo Bulls for donating $1000 toward repairs, O’Reilly’s on 3rd for donating some parts, LKQ for donating freight on parts ordered, BG Products for donating some flush materials, and Just Fabulous Mobile Wash for detailing both vehicles!

Aardvark Automotive Thank You Sign

Thank You for Your Help!

Congrats to Two Very Hardworking & Deserving People!

From Lynda, Robert & Everyone at Aardvark Automotive

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Car Giveaway TOMORROW!!!

Who Are Aardvark Automotive’s Wheels to Prosper Winners?!

Find Out Tomorrow!

This is the fourth year Aardvark Automotive has participated in Wheels to Prosper, and the second year we’ve been fortunate enough to give away 2 cars! Tomorrow, July 26th, at noon, we announce our winners, and we’re so EXCITED!!! See you at the shop!

Aardvark Automotive Wheels to Prosper Giveaway Cars

Robert & Lynda with Aardvark Automotive’s Wheels to Prosper cars!

More About Wheels to Prosper

Lack of transportation in the Amarillo area is a major drawback for many individuals seeking to gain and keep employment, continue their educations, or otherwise struggling to make ends meet. Wheels to Prosper works to provide reliable, well-running vehicles to assist those in need. The program was started by a group of automotive shop owners actively engaged in improving the reputation and quality of service in the automotive repair industry.

Our day at the Annual Amarillo Autism in Action Awareness Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 4th Annual Amarillo Autism in Action Awareness Walk at Sam Houston Park two Saturdays ago, on April 12! Our amazing service writer, Brandon Anderson, helped set up and man our table along with his wife, Renee, and adorable daughter, Maddie. Brandon’s son, Sean, has autism, so this walk was of great personal importance to all of us at Aardvark Automotive (check out the cute Aardvark Automotive poster hanging from our table, with Sean’s picture).

Every year, Amarillo Area Autism in Action puts on the Awareness Walk to raise money for autism education, detection, and treatment. The walk also raises awareness of the disorder while encouraging participants to have a great time!

There was a huge turnout for the event and we passed out goody bags, bubble containers, and water to everyone who passed by. The weather held up great and George Jones, one of our technicians, stopped by with his daughter, Kadee, to say hi.

Check out the slideshow of the event below.

Remember, April is National Autism Awareness Month! To learn more about autism and local events around your area, visit the Autism Society.

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The Amarillo Bulls presented us with a $1,000 check for Wheels to Prosper!

The Amarillo Bulls presenting the check to Lynda Archer

The Amarillo Bulls presenting the check to Lynda Archer

We have some exciting news y’all!

Austin Sutter, Timmy Moore, Carter Penzien, and Cody Gylling from the Amarillo Bulls Hockey Team presented us yesterday with a $1000 check for Wheels to Prosper. This money will go towards the repairs of a car to be given away July 26 at noon at Aardvark Automotive. The car will go to a family that has fallen on hard times and simply needs a hand up.  The car will help the family go to work, school, doctor appointments, or maybe just to the grocery store so they can feed their families. More than just a car, a vehicle will once again will  let family members be productive citizens.

(For more info on how to enter yourself or a deserving friend for Wheels to Prosper, click here.)

The Bulls players were given ten $10 raffle tickets each to sell to raise money for a charity.  The proceeds were divided between two charities: Wheels to Prosper and Panhandle Safe Haven. We are beyond grateful that we were chosen as one of the recipients!

 

Thank you, Bulls!!

Robert and Lynda Archer

Aardvark Automotive

 

Where to find Aardvark Automotive these next few months…

Wheels to Prosper 2013

The McCay family, one of the winners of Wheels to Prosper 2013

When we’re not working hard getting your car up and running smoothly we’re out in the Amarillo community, doing whatever we can to help our fellow neighbors thrive. Giving back to the community is one of our utmost priorities.

This spring and early summer we will be participating in several wonderful events around town. If you would like to come to any of them and have questions, feel free to contact us at (806) 242-1073 or aardvarkautorepair@gmail.com.

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! May you have a blessed Easter and spring!

April 12 – 4th Annual Autism in Action Awareness Walk & Healthfair

When: April 12; 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Where: Sam Houston Park (4101 Line Ave., Amarillo TX)

We are supporting the 4th Annual Autism in Action Awareness Walk by having a booth on April 12 at Sam Houston Park.  Bring the kiddos out and let them enjoy the activities, food, and community vendors.  Fun for all! Register online or at the event at 9:00 AM.

May 15 – Business Connection

When: May 15; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Amarillo Civic Center (401 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo, TX)

May not only brings May flowers but also the Business Connection at the Civic Center on May 15, where we will also have a booth.  This is the perfect time to find out just what wonderful businesses Amarillo has to offer you.

July 26 – Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway!

When: Noon; July 26, 2014

Where: Aardvark Automotive (5825 Canyon Dr., Amarillo, TX)

We are now taking applications for our 4th annual Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway Program, in which a repaired car is given to a deserving family not as a handout but as a hand UP.  The winner of the Wheels to Prosper car will be announced here at the shop at noon on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Do you know someone who has fallen on hard times and could benefit from a used, repaired car? Nominate this individual by filling out an application (you can get one on our website) and writing a short essay on his or her story.

A special message from Aardvark Automotive

Aardvark Christmas card

Wow, are we at the end of the year already? As we here at Aardvark Automotive get ready to wrap up the year, we wanted to let you, our wonderful  customer, know how much we appreciate you stopping by this blog. We’ve enjoyed sharing our tips, shop news, and community events with you, and look forward to bringing you much more in 2014!

As this year draws to a close, we wanted to share a few of our favorite posts from this year.

Happy Holidays, and see y’all in the New Year!

  1. Aardvark Automotive honored as the Non-Profit of the Month by Welcome Pardner!
  2. How to transition your car from winter to spring
  3. Aardvark’s Wheels to Prosper Timeline
  4. Highlights from our Wheels to Prosper giveaway this past weekend!
  5. 6 fall and early winter car care tips from an ASE Master Technician

P.S. If the mood strikes you, you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter, where we post a constant stream of fun trivia, shop events, and car news.

Wishing you the best,

Robert & Lynda Archer