Highlights from our Wheels to Prosper giveaway this past weekend!

Every Wheels to Prosper giveaway is special to us, but this year in particular was twice as nice. Instead of just giving away one car, we were fortunate enough to give away two! This year’s giveaway took place at Aardvark Automotive on Saturday, July 27th, 2013. Without further ado, the winners of our 2013 Wheels to Prosper giveaway are…

Mr. & Mrs. Lennie McCay and Katrina Penny.

Mr. & Mrs. Lennie McCay were nominated by Jennifer Butler.  In the nomination letter, Jennifer wrote, “The McCays have 5 daughters and 3 are still at home. Mr. McCay is an associate pastor and his wife is a stay-at-home mom. They are continually focused on helping others’ needs. They currently have a Toyota Corolla that was recently rear ended.  All they have left to drive is a very small pickup with a serious oil leak. It is my understanding that this pickup will go to college with one of the daughters. This family is not so quick to accept any kind of handouts, but they desperately need this car. The car would be well taken care of if given to this loving family. Thank you for your consideration.” The McCays were the recipient of the ’95 Chevy Suburban. They were very surprised and happy to have a vehicle to drive.

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Katrina Penny was the recipient of the ’04 Dodge Intrepid. Katrina is a 52-year-old grandmother raising her four grandchildren.  Katrina has rheumatoid arthritis and has been legally disabled since 2004. Eight months after she was diagnosed she gained custody of her grandchildren, three handsome boys and one beautiful girl. At the giveaway she told us, “this car will change our lives. Thank you.”

All of us here at Aardvark Automotive felt amazing being able to help these deserving families thrive with a car that will get them through their daily lives.

We had about 35 people attend the giveaway to show their support, and even got a visit from the Amarillo Bulls mascot, Rampage, who brought along the Bulls’ huge Robertson Cup National Champions trophy. The Bulls also brought the mini Wheels to Prosper Mercedes-Benz we sponsor, which races around the concourse during Bulls games. It was a cute sight indeed watching all the little ones hop into the car!

Please enjoy a recap of the giveaway in the gallery below.

Note: We are always looking for cars for our next Wheels to Prosper giveaway! You can help the giveaway by donating a car you no longer need or want. Please contact us at the shop for more information.

Aardvark’s Wheels to Prosper Timeline

 

In anticipation of our upcoming July Wheels to Prosper giveaway, we wanted to share our great experiences with past giveaways. It all began in 2011…

Wheels to Prosper 2011

Wheels to Prosper 2011

Wheels to Prosper 2011: Larry and Jessica Pelt

Our first-ever Wheels to Prosper car giveaway led to a great turn of events for the Pelt family. In December 2011 we received applications from 34 families in the Texas Panhandle. Out of those 34, Larry and Jessica Pelt’s application stood out.

Larry was walking several miles every day to get to the bus that took him to work, and Jessica was walking her two oldest boys to school and back despite having a high-risk pregnancy. Jessica was expecting her baby at any moment.

On December 3rd we surprised the Pelts at the Wolfin House with a fixed-up 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix. They were extremely happy and excited to have a car that would help them improve their lives.

We were glad to hear that Jessica soon got a job after having her baby.

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Wheels to Prosper 2012

Wheels to Prosper 2012

Wheels to Prosper July 2012: Teresa Hernandez

During our second year of Wheels to Prosper we gave a hand up to Teresa Hernandez, a single mother of five children. Teresa had never owned a car before and was beyond thrilled about the 1996 Subaru we fixed up for her.

At the event, Teresa said, “this will get me to work, my children to school, and my family to the grocery store.” She added, “my sixteen-year-old is at the mall, he has an interview for a job at 2 PM. I plan to take several classes at Amarillo College and this will get us all there.”

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Wheels to Prosper December 2012

Wheels to Prosper December 2012

Wheels to Prosper December 2012: Nikki McQueary

December always seems to be a time of miracles and selfless giving. While our car giveaway usually occurs in July, in December 2012 we received a touching letter from Sandy Beavers about a lady with very special circumstances. Single mom Nikki McQueary had given birth to her son, Jax, only a few months prior and was living in the country between two very small towns because it was all she could afford.

After Jax’s birth, Nikki started getting cancer treatments. But without a car, she was relying on friends to transport her to the clinic.

As fate would have it, around the same time that we received this letter a senior citizen had decided it was time for her to stop driving and donated her 1987 Oldsmobile. Hoping to give Nikki the car before Christmas, Robert inspected the vehicle to make sure it was in good condition.

On December 20th at 3:30 PM we presented the car to a very happy Nikki and Jax.

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Wheels to Prosper 2013

Wheels to Prosper 2013

Wheels to Prosper July 2013: Who will it be?

This year’s Wheels to Prosper giveaway will happen on July 27th at noon right here at the shop (address below).

Who will this year’s Wheels to Prosper recipient be??? You can help by submitting nominations by JULY 10TH at MIDNIGHT.

Why should you submit a nomination? Because we all know someone who works hard and deserves a car to help him or her get around. You’ll feel stupendous knowing you gave a hand up to your fellow neighbor.

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HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Write a letter telling us why a particular individual deserves a car that has been serviced and is in good working condition. You may nominate yourself. Attach your letter to our Wheels to Prosper application (http://aardvarkautorepair.com/pdf/Wheels-to-Prosper-Application.pdf).
  2. Send us your letter and application NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 10th!!! You can:

Email your letter and application to aardvarkautorepair@gmail.com

OR

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 at the Aardvark Automotive website.

Last call! Come to Cal Farley’s Poverty Workshop this Saturday!

Cal Farley is a great organization intent on helping everyone in our community thrive.

If you plan on coming to Cal Farley’s Poverty Workshop this Saturday, please RSVP now! We need a head count for food, as Victory Church is generously donating lunch. Deadline to RSVP is tomorrow–Wednesday, May 15th.

Here are the details:

 Dr. Donna Beegle’s See Poverty Be the Difference presented by Elia Moreno

 

Victory Church

Saturday, May 18th 9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. 

6300 Arden Road

Join us for this informative, inspirational, and motivational presentation. This workshop will include insights into working more effectively with families who live in the crisis of poverty. Dr. Beegle’s personal expCommunity Serviceeriences and research illuminate how to communicate and work across race, poverty, gender, and generational barriers. You will be exposed to fresh new ways to address poverty. This training will also provide a different filter for audience members to address poverty—a filter without blame or judgment that allows professionals to help people move out and stay out of the poverty war zone.

Please RSVP to Elia Moreno at (806) 316-2283 or at eliamoreno@live.com.

Visit the Aardvark Automotive website for more information on how Aardvark helps out in the community.

Join Aardvark Automotive at Cal Farley’s See Poverty Be the Difference training event!

We will be attending this poverty training event and invite everyone to come along for this eye-opening educational experience.

The full event details are below. Learn more about Cal Farley on their website and feel free to contact Aardvark Automotive with any additional questions.

Cal Farley’s Community Engagement

is hosting:

 See Poverty Be the Difference

Presented by Elia Moreno 

 

Tuesday, April 30th

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cal Farley’s Conference Room

600 W. 11th 

Join us for this informative, inspirational, and motivational presentation. This workshop will include insights into working more effectively with families who live in the crisis of poverty. Dr. Beegle’s personal experiences and research provide insights into communicating and working more effectively across barriers involving race, poverty, gender, and generation. You will be exposed to fresh new ways to address poverty. This training will also provide a different filter for audience members to address poverty—a filter without blame or judgment that will allow you to assist people with moving out and staying out of the war zone of poverty.

 
We still have room so please RSVP to Cal Farley Engagement Manager Elia at eliamoreno@live.com or 806.322.2530.