A new year brings new beginnings, and for us at SoCal Honda, it means even more chances to give back to our community. This January, we kicked off the new year with our Helping the Helpful initiative. 2020 was an unprecedented year and we wanted to give back to those on the front lines fighting it all.
Our first Helping the Helpful recipient was Matthew Hoey, a Registered Nurse at a local children’s hospital in Los Angeles. Matthew was nominated by his fiancée for his tireless work in the ICU helping children battling COVID-19. We were grateful to be able to brighten Matthew’s day with free gas for a year, new scrubs, Nike sneakers, and a warm meal to enjoy with his family. Matthew was so thankful for the kind gesture, “The gas card is especially helpful with my drive from West to East LA every day.”
The next surprise was for a team of dedicated healthcare workers. Halle Resch and her Environmental Services team at LAC + USC Medical Center were nominated by Halle’s mother for a special token of appreciation for all their hard work. We popped up and surprised them with 250 meals for the entire EVS team and gifted Halle an AirBnB gift card for a well-deserved staycation. One of the overjoyed staff members commented, “This is the best day I’ve had in the past year.”
To round out our Helping the Helpful initiative, we surprised a Middle School Special Needs teacher, Shoshanna McQuade. Shoshanna’s mom wrote into us and told us how her daughter was a new mother and remote teacher in need of a proper at-home setup. We brought Shoshanna nearly $4,000 worth of new supplies for her virtual classroom, including a new laptop, printer, a desk, drawers, and more!
In addition to our Helping the Helpful initiative, we are continuing our Random Acts of Helpfulness around Southern California. From popping up at various grocery stores and parks in our iconic blue uniforms, to helping out at food pantries and meal distributions.
So what’s next? Keep an eye out for us your local wedding chapel. We’ll be surprising newlyweds with honeymoon staycations and roses this upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend.
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