All through June, Advance Auto Parts is partnering with the American Heart Association to raise funds for their “Life Is Why We Give Campaign.” Customers can go to any Advance or Carquest store in South Florida and donate $1, $5, or $10 at check out. This is an endeavor that’s very important to the company.
"Cardiovascular disease or heart disease impacts almost every family. In fact, statistics shows every 43 sec. someone dies from heart disease and it's the leading cause of death here in the U.S. As a company, Advance Auto Parts, it's a great opportunity that we have and we're so humble that we can do it. The fact that we can partner with AHA to raise money and bring awareness to heart disease both nationally and locally," said Grant LaBarbera, regional VP of Advance Auto Parts of Florida.
Not only does Advance Auto Parts contribute to this worthwhile cause, but the company maintains a constant presence in the non-profit community. And there are other endeavors they’re aligned with as well.
"We also have a great partnership with JDRF, which is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In the last 20 years we've been able to raise over $44 million. We also partner with an incredible foundation that I love, called Building Homes For Heroes. This organization gifts mortgage free homes to veterans who were injured in a line of duty, so I can't think of anything better. Since 2011, we've been able to raise $11 million with this organization and give homes to these amazing men and woman," said LaBarbera.
Making lives better for veterans and current members of the military and law enforcement is a source of pride for Advance Auto Parts.
"Here in Florida, we are so grateful for our military; our service men and woman, as well as law enforcement. Even across the country, any military, veteran or active gets 10 percent off when they come to any of our stores. Specifically in Florida, anybody that's a first responder or law enforcement, they as well get 10 percent off. It's our way of saying 'thank you' to them for protecting us. It's the least thing that we can do but we're just so grateful for the military and law enforcement and all that they do," said LaBarbera.
Advance has a huge presence in South Florida, with about 100 stores down here. And the company loves being a staple of South Florida.
"We have over 70,000 team member across the U.S. Here in FL we have over 5,000 team members and they all get behind it, it's exciting for them. The reason for it, every single one of those causes, our team members have a connection too. Whenever we do these great campaigns throughout the year, they get behind it. We have 125 stores throughout Broward & Dade County and it's so neat to walk up to our stores and see all the windows lined up with hearts or shoes for JDRF or little house for BHFH. It's makes us feel special," said LaBarbera.
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