Grinches beware: N.S. dealership recognized for commitment to community

Chris Benoit of Anchor Auto group speaks as the dealership donates two cars to William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School in Lincoln.

NORTH SMITHFIELD – With a long list of local benefactors and a commitment to the local community that’s been recognized nationally by its parent company,  one local car dealership is again,”sharing the love,” this Christmas season.

The Subaru Share the Love Event is the auto manufacturer’s substantial contribution to holiday cheer. Across America, Subaru, until Saturday, Jan. 4, is donating $250 for every new vehicle purchased or leased, and 632 retailers are participating.

Locally, Anchor Subaru is, “nationally recognized for our dedication to our community and the Subaru Love Promise.” The North Smithfield retailer received the 2020 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award in recognition of ongoing charitable efforts.

Anchor is, “home grown, so we not only work here, we live here. We’re grateful for the opportunity, not only to be a part of our community, but to be able to give back as well.”

The local Subaru dealer helps the the Rhode Island Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Mothers Against Destructive Decisions Rhode Island, the Boys & Girls Club, and more, including: Joan DeCotis Foundation; Cumberland Lincoln Boys and Girls Club; Smithfield Little League; Boy & Girl Scouts; Autumnfest of Woonsocket; Gloria Gemma Foundation; and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Rhode Island.

Anchor Subaru also this month gifted two vehicles to William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School in Lincoln that enrolls students from the northern Rhode Island region in hands-on programs such as automotive careers.

This 12th year of the nationwide Subaru Share the Love Event event so far has resulted in donation of more than $176 million to charities. The company plans to exceed that amount by about $25 million.

The Subaru Share the Love Event this season so far has meant for the ASPCA, “significant impact on the rescue, transport, well-being, and adoption of more than 64,000 animals across the country,” according to Subaru’s U.S. Media Center.

Meals on Wheels has been helped by Subaru amounting to delivery of more than 2.3 million meals to America’s seniors, and the carmaker’s charity Make-A-Wish “has granted the life-changing wishes of more than 2,500 kids with critical illnesses.”

Another benefactor of the Subaru Share the Love Event is the National Park Foundation – that’s, “able to increase public awareness and engagement across our National Park System and provide critical funding to programs and projects in more than 400 national parks.”

Subaru products are, “manufactured in zero-landfill production plants,” at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., which “is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.”

Green-friendly Subaru of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan and based “at a zero-landfill office” in Camden, N.J.

In two decades SOA charitable work includes donations of more than $190 million to dozens of causes, and SOA employees have clocked some 40,000 volunteer hours.

The Eddie Dowling Highway dealership, meanwhile, features testimonials from many local recipients of that “love” on its website, from blankets and craft kits donated to Rhode Island Hospital, to sponsorship of a Grand Prix Pinewood Derby race to benefit Teenage Driving Safety.

It seems that this year, if the Grinch and his legions of Christmas thieves need a target, they best avoid Subaru and its employees December 24, as they’ll be sharing the love across America, contributing to those in need, from people and animals, to the planet.

Chris Benoit of Anchor Auto group speaks as the dealership donates two cars to William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School in Lincoln.
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