The holiday season is here, and with it comes the spirit of giving to help those in the community who are less fortunate. Many local businesses are contributing to the cause in various ways, and local car dealerships are no exception. Caledon Chrysler in Bolton has joined with its sister dealership North York Chrysler again this holiday season to donate a total of $25,000 charities as voted by their customers. Voting forms and more information are available at the website www.caledonchrysler.ca/charity.htm Jacqui Robb, controller at Caledon Chrysler, said $15,000 will be going to the charity collecting the most votes, and $10,000 will be going to the one coming in second. The results will be announced in the first week of January. The charities in the running include Make-A-Wish, Caledon Community Services (CCS), Family Transition Place, the Redwood Women’s Shelter, Participation House, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Angel Foundation for Learning, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, Hospital for Sick Children, Free the Children, Evergreen Hospice in Thornhill, Salvation Army, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation and North York Harvest Food Bank. Bolton Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, GM is also supporting CCS, but in an interesting way. Events Co-ordinator Jennifer Russiello reported they are running a Connect and Win contest across Canada until Jan. 4. People are able play, winning a minimum of $1,000 of the cost of their next car. As well, she said there’s going to be 30 vehicles awarded across Canada. For each person playing, they will donate $2 to CCS. and for each car that’s sold, they will donate $100. “We want to reach the $10,000 (level),” she said, “so we’ll need a lot of people to play.” “Everyone’s a winner,” she added. As well, she said the General Motors dealership is offering free skating at the Albion-Bolton arena between 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 27, with the entry fee being to fill in Connect and Win ballot. Those on hand will also get the chance to meet former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Wendel Clark, who will be there as well. The people at Bolton Honda are joining with Honda dealers throughout Ontario in supporting the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. General Sales Manager Chris Holmes said they are a drop-off location, where people can drop off an unwrapped toy. They will also be in the running to win a 2016 Honda Civic, receiving a ballot to fill out when they bring in a contribution. Holmes was very impressed with the Christmas Wish program, pointing out it collected about 158,000 toys last year, and took about 140 volunteers to run things. “It’s amazing,” he declared. “It’s so, so well organized.” Carlos Martins, general manager at Fines Ford Lincoln, said they are collecting food and unwrapped toys to contribute to CCS Santa Fund. He said contributions are being left under the Christmas tree in the showroom. “Customers and friends are welcome to stop in and contribute,” he said. He reported they had received more food donations than toys, but he expected that to change. Bolton Honda, along with Bolton Nissan and Bolton Hyundai, as well as Motion Mazda in Orangeville and other members of Performance Auto Group, based in Brampton, are combining their efforts to support the Salvation Army. “This is a very strong principle of the group,” commented Performance Auto Group Director of Marketing Drew Delaware. “We make sure we do everything we can in Bolton. He said the dealerships are collection points for toys, non-perishable foods and articles of clothing to deliver to the Sally Ann. “We believe Christmas is a time for giving,” he said, adding that was the message behind the float that was entered in the recent Santa Claus Parade in Bolton; “The Spirit of Giving.” The float also showed videos delivering the same message. “It is true Christmas magic when we help others,” one of them said. Delaware said they’ve supported other causes in the community. Earlier this year, he personally presented the keys to a Nissan Rogue to Caledon Meals on Wheels. He added that at the holidays, Performance Auto Group further helps out Meals on Wheels by doing their printing for them. “We just finished helping them with their end-of-year fundraising drive,” he said.
Written by Bill Rea