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Local Chrysler Dealership Driven to Support Union Gospel Mission: Maple Ridge Chrysler Raises $18,000 in month-long campaign

Vancouver, BC – Aside from the new car smell and the thrill of driving off the lot for the first time, customers at Maple Ridge Chrysler this November also took home something else: the knowledge that they’ve helped someone in need. That’s because all November long, Maple Ridge Chrysler contributed $100 from every new and used vehicle sold to Union Gospel Mission, which has locations in Vancouver, Mission, and New Westminster. The donations totaled an impressive $18,000.

Ranked No. 1 in British Columbia and No. 4 in Canada, Ian Speckman, Dealer Principal at Maple Ridge Chrysler, explains why he chose to get involved with this unique approach.“We all have a responsibility to give back to our communities, and who better than to those who are less fortunate? It has been encouraging to see the donations go up each day throughout the month.” Maple Ridge Chrysler also raised awareness by mentioning Union Gospel Mission in its various radio ads, encouraging potential customers to join in and help the cause.

Dwayne Benson, Senior Manager of Principle and Planned Giving at UGM, says the gift came at just the right time. “As we head into the coldest months of the year, this substantial donation will make a real difference as we help some of our most vulnerable citizens through our shelter, food, and alcohol and drug recovery programs. Union Gospel Mission thanks Mr. Speckman and the employees and customers of Maple Ridge Chrysler for their generous support.”

To learn more visit Maple Ridge Chrysler at 11911 West Street in Maple Ridge.

Union Gospel Mission has been reaching the hungry, hurting and homeless for nearly 70 years. Through its 10 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to men, women, youth and children struggling with poverty, homelessness and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. UGM is a proud member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.

15/11/2009
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