AKRON — The Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) and Auto Care Association (ACA) have made donations totaling $30,000 to the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) to help auto care industry members impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.
The Group — an entity comprising Federated Auto Parts and National Pronto Association — donated $20,000 and the ACA $10,000. Both parties are encouraging others to make donations.
The AACF assists individuals and families of the automotive aftermarket affected by life-changing incidents. The AACF is the only charity of its kind that focuses only on persons and their families employed in the automotive aftermarket.
"After seeing news reports here in Texas and hearing accounts of the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, we knew we had to take action to help our fellow industry members," said Bill Maggs, CEO of National Pronto Association.
"Our donation…will help individuals that need it most and we encourage others in the industry to do what they can to assist AACF in their noble efforts."
"During tough times like these, we all need to extend a hand and support each other," said Rusty Bishop, CEO of Federated Auto Parts. "Making a donation to the AACF will provide assistance and make a difference in the lives of fellow auto care professionals suffering from the effects of this catastrophic storm."
ACA President and CEO Bill Hanvey said: "Hundreds of auto care suppliers, retailers, distributors and service providers were in the path of…Hurricane Harvey.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those living the reality of this disaster, and we hope that our contribution can help make a difference and encourage others to help as well."
Others interested in donating to the AACF or to seek assistance for someone in need can do so at the AACF's website.