If you live in Southern California, you’ve no doubt heard a radio ad or seen a commercial involving the SoCal Honda Dealers and their ‘Helpful Honda’ campaign. Obviously, being that we’re into folks helping others and people doing good stuff, we wanted to see it for real, with our own eyes, and our cameras.
We contacted the folks at SoCal Honda and asked if we could choose an event to attend and see the magic unfold behind-the-scenes.
They literally supplied us with more than 15 different events and places throughout SoCal where they were providing those in need with free gas, treats, and holiday cheer.
Honestly, we were surprised! It’s not like it’s cheap to pay for all those people to travel around and provide so many amazing gifts. We’re thrilled to see real, everyday people bringing happiness to our community.
More than 150 kids showed up to take part in Holiday-themed activities, which involved decorating treat boxes and coffee cups, making darling little reindeer, and taking pictures with the Helpful Honda Guys’ mascots.
“The things that are cut first in the schools and the budget is art,” said Aide Aguirre, Program Director, Boys & Girls Club Hollywood.
“This is a really nice treat because they get to do something special and it’s for the holidays, and they can share it with their families.”
Belle Cordero, one of the Helpful Honda Guys (or ladies!), said that she loves the community events because she can actually see the benefits of giving back right in front of her.
“We get actually to interact with them, and it’s a lot of fun for us. My favorite part about is this is the kids,” Cordero said.
“How they respond and how they react. To see how excited they get when they see the mascot or even us just showing up, it’s really awesome.”
The SoCal Honda Dealers give back to the community throughout the entire year. Given the spirit of the holiday season, they really go all out to make sure families in need have a joyous time and a reason to celebrate.
During the season, SoCal Honda Dealers give back through the following programs:
Helpful Honda Holiday Treats Truck
The Helpful Honda Holiday Treats Truck brought treats to various events around the community. SoCal Honda Dealers invited their social media followers to submit a favorite holiday event like a family gathering, birthday party, or volunteer event and the Guys in Blue showed up to surprise different fans with tasty treats.
Free Gas from the Helpful Honda Guys
This one is super awesome! Honda drivers were surprised at gas pumps around SoCal with free gas from the Helpful Guys. Seriously – they filled up people’s tanks for free!
Building Gingerbread Homes
SoCal Honda Dealers built gingerbread houses with special needs kids and adults of the AYSO Special Needs Soccer League in Lancaster, and Pomona Valley Workshop; kids in from Operation Jump Start in Long Beach, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), the D.A.D. Project in Los Angeles, and Walk With Sally in El Segundo, as well as youth of the LGBT Community Center in Pacoima.
They also celebrated the Holidays with seniors at the Santa Ana Senior Home, Glendale Adult Recreation Center and Our Peoples Care in Victorville.
Free Christmas Trees
For families in need, purchasing a Christmas tree may be a struggle. A tree adds so much joy to the home during the Holidays, which is why the Helpful Honda Guys provided families with free Christmas trees.
Providing Meals to Those In Need
Finally, the SoCal Honda Dealers continued their nine-year tradition of celebrating Happy Honda Days with local SoCal Organizations that help the less fortunate and families and kids in need. The Guys in Blue donates and served food to the Pasadena Union Station, Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) in Santa Monica, and Anaheim Indepedencia.
In addition, the team built and gifted bikes for the kids of the Boys & Girls Club in San Bernardino, and brought arts & crafts, gifts, and goodies to the kids of the Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood, which is where we got to see the magic. It was such a great time!
Learn more about SoCal Honda’s Random Acts of Helpfulness and for helpful information regarding exact dates, times and holiday events by visiting the team’s Facebook page. To request a Random Act of Helpfulness visit from the Guys in Blue, visit http://www.socalhondadealers.com/help-me-honda.
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