Orange County/Inland Empire, Calif. – Irvine Subaru, who has donated more than $42,000 from its Share the Love Event and Hometown Charities campaigns, they also are collaborating with Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire (OCIE) to help one local wish kid enhance her wish of having a canned food drive to help feed the homeless. Eleven-year-old Abby of Anaheim who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia wishes to have a canned food drive to help others in need. The community is invited to donate canned goods at the Subaru dealership through the end of this month in support of Abby’s wish. On June 11, Irvine Subaru will host a car parade from the dealership to St. Norbert Church’s food pantry, where the canned goods will be donated. The Subaru dealership is located at 23663 Rockfield Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630 and is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., where donations will be accepted.
“Our work of granting wishes cannot be done alone. Thanks to Irvine Subaru for their support, we are so pleased to be able to help enhance Abby’s wish, thanks to our partnership with this local dealership,” said Gloria Jetter Crockett, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire. “Partnerships are at the core of what we do, and we hope that others in the community can see what collaboration can do when it comes to making wishes a reality.”
Irvine Subaru chose Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire to be one of its two Hometown charities for the Share the Love Event campaign cycle of December 1, 2020 through January 5, 2021. This is the first year that Make-A-Wish OCIE is a hometown charity for Irvine Subaru. From this collection, Irvine Subaru donated $42,363 to Make-A-Wish OCIE in April.
“Our Irvine Subaru team prides itself on selfless devotion to dealership customers and local community members around Orange County,” said Desiree Farey, owner of Irvine Subaru. “Through the work of our dedicated staff and the community collaboration that Subaru values, working with Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make wishes happen has been a great joy to our staff. To date we have been able to help grant five wishes and are looking forward to assisting Abby and celebrating the good that she wants to give to her neighborhood through her canned food drive. We welcome all members of Orange County to help make Abby’s wish a memorable one.”
Despite COVID-19, Make-A-Wish is still granting all wishes possible. Throughout the pandemic, more than 120 “tangible” wishes (where a child receives an item or gift) have been granted since March 2020 bringing hope to countless vulnerable children with critical illnesses.
About Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire
Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because every child deserves a childhood. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of the organization in 1980, paving the way for the creation of the Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire chapter in 1983. Since our chapter’s founding, more than 7,300 wishes have been granted for children in the local community. Together with generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 34,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire and 59 other chapters throughout the U.S. have granted more than 500,000 wishes nationwide. For more information about Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire and the 41st anniversary, visit ocie.wish.org.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $165 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.