Local Efforts Raises Needed Funds
In keeping with a longstanding promise of supporting American troops, the Glen Sain family of automobile dealerships in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri marked Veterans Day with a special fundraiser.
Long known for his support of veterans and the military, owner Danny Ford authorized the effort and pledged a contribution based on the number of oil changes performed at the locations around the recent holiday.
"Our families at our four Glen Sain locations in Rector, Kennett and Paragould want to thank our veterans, again, for their dedication and service," Ford said of the project. He also noted all four of the locations served free hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks for veterans, members of the military and their families.
"We also had a special project this year to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project," Ford added. "For three days, Nov. 10 through Nov. 12, we contributed $25 for each oil change from every dealership. In the past, we have also done oil changes for veterans."
And, according to Ford the effort was a big success, with a total of $4,750 donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, with event coordinator John Phillips, III, accepting a check for the organization.
"I want to say thank you to all of our customers for making this possible," Ford added. "Because of this program, many special soldiers get to enjoy outdoor hunting activities. We thank every volunteer that makes this possible."
Those on hand for the check presentation included Ford, his sons Todd and Kirk, parts operation manager Joey Pruett, service operations manager Mike Benson and Phillips with the WWP.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to, in the words of their mission statement, "foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history."
To accomplish this goal the WWP looks to three guidelines-- to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
Those wanting additional information on the organization may visit their website at www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Ford, and the Glen Sain family of dealerships, are longtime supporters of veterans and members of the military. In fact, the sentiment is reflected in each and every one of their advertisements as Ford offers his traditional tagline, "and God bless our troops."