In The Community
TOYS FOR TOTS
Toys for Tots is a wonderful program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Merrill Automotive helps collect toys before Christmas. We, along with other organizations and businesses in the Lakewood, Colorado and the greater Denver Metro area, love this charity. The Marines then distribute donated toys to children whose parents cannot afford them. Reservist Major Bill Hendricks founded Toys for Tots in 1947. As a NAPA AutoCare center we are eager to join in each holiday season and encourage our customers and neighbors to as well. Kids are the foundation of our future, let’s help them in any way we can!
HANDS OF THE CARPENTER/GOOD NEIGHBOR GARAGE
Hands of the Carpenter is a nonprofit community that serves single women in need. They address a primary issue, which is often overlooked – basic personal transportation. Founded in 2003 the program helps single women and especially mothers. A lack of transportation can make simple errands like getting groceries or taking children to daycare very difficult. Not having a reliable vehicle also jeopardizes employment. A single mother already has an overwhelming burden of feeding, clothing, sheltering and raising the kids. Without a working car those challenges become almost insurmountable.
Merrill Automotive is blessed to work with such an amazing local organization. We work alongside Hands of the Carpenter and NAPA to repair vehicles. This service is for mothers and single women who already own vehicles. Merrill Automotive also fixes cars for donation. Hands of the Carpenter has a sister organization called Good Neighbor Garage. They perform a similar local service to women including placement of donated vehicles. Along with affordable car repairs and maintenance training in their own facility. Vehicle maintenance is made simple through bi-monthly Car Care Clinics. Together we are helping the local community get back on their feet with the freedom of personal transportation.