Collecting Bikes for Kids
Kia of Wesley Chapel is teaming up with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA to collect bikes for students at Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School.
“We’re so excited to partner with the YMCA on this because they have a fantastic grasp on what the local community needs,” says Emily Brun, community coordinator at Kia of Wesley Chapel.
Sulphur Springs is a Tampa neighborhood where many families need help getting children to and from school. These holiday bikes will be a safe way for these kids to get to school every day.
“Besides putting a smile on a child’s face during this challenging year, what better way than on a brand new bike to stay healthy, get outside, and ride with their friends to school or the park,” says Brun.
Kia of Wesley Chapel is collecting new bicycle donations from Friday, Dec. 18 to Sunday, Dec. 20. The dealership is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.
Kia Staff Volunteer At Helping Hands Food Pantry
On Nov. 18, Kia employees volunteered at the Helping Hands Food Pantry located at Atonement Lutheran Church in Wesley Chapel. Together, they were able to feed 373 families, which was the largest distribution in the food pantry’s 10-year history.
“After seeing just how many families we were able to help, we’ve decided to volunteer at the pantry at least once a month from now on,” says Sean Visconte, general manager at Kia of Wesley Chapel.
The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each vehicle can receive food for up to two families.
Kia of Wesley Chapel also recently donated food during its annual Salute to Veterans Food Drive, partnering with the Stano Foundation, a Wesley Chapel nonprofit dedicated to supporting veterans.
Over four boxes of food was donated to the West Tampa Memorial American Legion Auxiliary Unit 248 that operates a food pantry for area veterans.
Supporting Habitat for Humanity
In honor of the recent #GivingTuesday holiday, Kia of Wesley Chapel donated $100 to Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco. As a way of saying thanks, the nonprofit dropped off a stud at the dealership for Kia’s staff to decorate for the holidays. Afterwards, it will be a part of the frame work of a new home being built by Habitat for Humanity.
“Our entire team is writing encouraging words on the stud,” says Emily Brun, the dealership’s community coordinator. It’s so cool that it will forever be part of a home.”
Published December 09, 2020