With Christmas just around the corner, two local businesses spread holiday cheer with special giveaways.
Thursday morning, AAA Oklahoma surprised a resident of the City Rescue Mission with a car. The reconditioned 2003 Honda Civic was acquired by the auto club after a hailstorm, and Body Works Collision Centers donated the repair work.
The recipient, Peggy Vanisko, 65, was having trouble getting to her job at Hobby Lobby after her car was stolen, said Chuck Mai, a spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Her story was quite moving,” he said.
In addition to the car, AAA Oklahoma donated the auto insurance policy and a one-year membership to AAA.
Mai said it was the first year the company coordinated such a donation, and it is planning to expand the program next year.
Hudiburg Auto Group chose the children of active-duty military and National Guard members to benefit from its giveaway. On Thursday, 100 bicycles were lined up at the Hudiburg Chevrolet dealership for military families to take home for Christmas.
“At Hudiburg Auto Group, it's important to us to give back to our fellow Oklahomans, especially the military families who give up so much for us,” said David Hudiburg, president of Hudiburg Auto Group, which partnered with Ally Financial and Operation Homefront Oklahoma and Arkansas for the donation.