Wheels to Prosper 2015 Winners Announced!!!

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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!

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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

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 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

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.

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.