Wheels to Prosper 2016 Winners Announced!!!

On Saturday, July 23, we announced the winners of our 2016 Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway! This year, two vehicles were donated from the Amarillo community, and Channel 10 News was on hand to document the event. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended. We couldn’t do it without you!!!


wtp-winners-2016-KeshanaMeet Keshana, Winner of a Mercury Sable

Keshana Darling is the winner of the 1998 Mercury Sable! She is a sophomore in college, and she plans to pursue a career in engineering once she graduates. Last year, she was unable to join her family for the holidays because she didn’t have a car to drive home. This year, she’ll have her own wheels, and be able to get where she needs to go, whether for school, work, or family. Thank you Keshana for helping others, and being a valuable member of our community! We know you’ll do great things with your car and with your life.


wtp-winners-2016-LarissaMeet Larissa, Winner of a Ford Taurus Wagon

Larissa is a single mom with two boys, an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old. Needless to say she has her hands full, and she’s is an EMT, who must always be ready to respond to those in need. Her goal is to advance in her career and become a paramedic, but doing all she needs and wants without a car was nearly impossible. Now she’ll be able to get herself and her boys where they need to go, and pursue her dreams for the future. Thank you Larissa for making a career out of helping others. You deserve a hand up!

Congrats to two very hardworking and deserving people!


More on Wheels to Prosper

For us at Aardvark Automotive, one of the highlights of every year is our Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway in July. The program was started by a group of auto shop owners actively engaged in improving the reputation and quality of service in the auto repair industry. The concept is to use our skills (repairing and maintaining cars) to improve a deserving individual’s life. Our winners are nominated by their family members, friends, and peers because they selflessly help others even when they are in need themselves.

From selecting the right vehicle (or vehicles) for the giveaway to fine-tuning the condition to getting to know our nominees, Wheels to Prosper is always a humbling and extremely rewarding experience. If you’re interested in being involved in our next Wheels to Prosper giveaway, please give us a call or contact us online. We welcome any inquiries and contributions.

Wheels to Prosper 2015 Winners Announced!!!


Our winner, Elizabeth Schiller, with her daughters, Parys & Autumn.

On Saturday, July 25, we announced the winner of our 2015 Wheels to Prosper Car Giveaway! Elizabeth Schiller is the mother of two girls, Autumn and Parys, who is finishing her bachelor’s degree in social work at West Texas A&M University. She is also completing an internship at San Jacinto Elementary School. Through her internship, Elizabeth has volunteered at Heal the City Clinic, which is a health clinic serving Amarillo’s most destitute.

Lynda & Robert, with the Schillers in their new Ford Focus.

Lynda & Robert, with the Schillers in their new Ford Focus.

The Schillers received a 2005 Ford Focus, fully serviced and ready to hit the road. They were super-happy and extremely thankful. The local news was on-hand to interview them, documenting their excitement and the excitement of everyone here at Aardvark Automotive.

Ready to hit the road!

Ready to hit the road!

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

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.

Wheels to Prosper announcement: We are giving away 2 cars!

2004 Ford Focus for Wheels to Prosper giveaway

The 2004 Ford Focus being worked on at the shop

Exciting news! We will be giving away 2 cars this year for our 4th Annual Wheels to Prosper car giveaway! This means so much to us because we will be able to help more of our fellow neighbors thrive!

Robert was able to purchase a 2004 Ford Focus from a customer, and we are currently working hard at fixing it up for the giveaway on July 26th!

If you or a deserving person you know needs a car…

Remember that Wheels to Prosper entries are due at MIDNIGHT on JULY 15, 2014! 

Full instructions are in our Wheels to Prosper blog entry.  

Want to know more about Wheels to Prosper? Click here.

Wheels to Prosper call for entries!

Wheels to Prosper 2014 car

Our Wheels to Prosper 2014 car, a 2004 Ford Escape

We have less than 3 months to go, folks! We are ramping up our efforts for 4th annual Wheels to Prosper now – over the past few weeks, the Amarillo Bulls donated a $1,000 check for fixing up our Wheels to Prosper car, and Channel 7 News donated our Wheels to Prosper car, a 2004 Ford Escape.

But what would Wheels to Prosper be without nominations from our wonderful neighbors?

This year, the Wheels to Prosper car giveaway will take place on Saturday, July 26 at noon right here at Aardvark Automotive.

Entries must be turned in by July 15th at MIDNIGHT!!

If you or someone you know has fallen on hard times but is constantly giving back to the community, let us know about it! To nominate someone, fill out our application, available here. Attach a short essay telling us why this person deserves the car.

To submit your entry:

Email your letter and application to aardvarkautorepair@gmail.com


Drop off your entry in person or mail it to our shop:

Aardvark Automotive
Attn: Wheels to Prosper
5825 Canyon Dr.
Amarillo, TX 79110

Find more information about Aardvark’s Wheels to Prosper on the Aardvark Automotive website. Find more information about the Wheels to Prosper program on the Wheels to Prosper website

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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