Auto Glass Shop Gives Something Back During Holiday Season
Ray Sands Auto Glass in Rochester, N.Y., is giving something back to its community this holiday season by offering free windshield repairs in return for donations to a local charity, the Open Door Mission.
"We ask them to either donate a clothing item or blankets, food, canned goods, anything that the homeless and people out in the Open Door Mission can use," says Dave Burns, president of the company. "We've had people give cash."
"We've had people come in and just give stuff to us, who didn't even need repairs, and in those cases we gave them an Aquapel treatment," Burns adds.
The company has even gotten local insurance agents on board.
"We've asked [local agents] to tell their customers and the customers drop off clothes there, and we go and pick them up," he added.
This is the second year the shop, which also prides itself on being "green," has been involved in this effort, which runs November 1 through February 28. But, the free repairs the shop offers falls right into its green initiative, Burns says.
"Obviously it builds you some loyalty within the community, but the main reason we're pushing it is it's a good green initiative and it helps the community," he says, noting that every repair keeps a windshield from ending up in a landfill.
So, what happens when the holiday season is over? The Ray Sands Auto Glass's charity won't stop there.
After February, Burns plans for the company to request 5-pound bags of dog food, which his company will in turn donate to the local humane society, in exchange for windshield repair services. After that, who knows?
"We haven't figured out who we're going to do in the second or third quarter," Burns adds. "Whatever we can do like this to help the community is good."
Burns is not only generous in his own community, but in the auto glass industry community as well. This November, he donated a week at his tranquil fishing cottage near Bath, N.Y., during the second annual Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council's charity auction.
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