For each windshield replaced by Thomas Auto Glass in Phoenix, Ariz., customers could select a charity, school, church or non-profit organization and the company would donate $50 in their name. For 2015, these donations totaled almost $18,000.
“We are very proud that we are able to assist our community with the service we offer for automotive consumers,” says Frank Thomas, owner of the company. “Hopefully, we can motivate and inspire other automotive glass companies to pay it forward. This is much better than a box of steaks, unless they are donated to a food bank.”
He says at least two customers a week throughout the year heard about the company’s charity program and selected an organization when they had their windshield replaced.
Thomas began his mission of giving after his first-born son died of cancer at the age of three in 1975. During the fight to save him, Thomas received “overwhelming assistance from many people and organizations,” that he wanted to pass on.
For almost four decades, Thomas has helped others, organizing more than 100 fundraising events, mostly golf tournaments.
“I’ve attended the show for many years and support the efforts of the Auto Glass Safety Council, so it was without hesitation that I provided an auction item to benefit their mission.”
Thomas also enjoys supporting charity golf tournaments. He was involved with three in 2015 that raised more than $160,000.
“I’m generally the tournament director and orchestrate all the players and logistics for the venue,” he says. “And I have a big one on the books for May 7, 2016. It will support the Austin Buis Foundation, which provides drug rehabilitation for young adults who have lost their way.”
Other beneficiaries of his work over the years have included the Crisis Nursery children’s shelter in Phoenix, Wounded Warriors, March of Dimes and United Cerebral Palsy.
In 2014, Thomas’ golf tournament for the 19 hotshot firefighters who died in the summer fires in northern Arizona raised more than $50,000.
The theme of his business is “Be Safe, Feel Good.”