We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our customers, our community, and the Subaru Love Promise.
We're honored to receive the 2022 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes elite Subaru retailers who provide an exceptional customer experience at every interaction with Subaru. These retailers have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in their local communities in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.
Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.
Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.
A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated over $28 million to the ASPCA and through Subaru Loves Pets has helped support the rescue, transport, adoption, and well-being of over 230,000 animals across the country.
Subaru and our retailers are committed to protecting and preserving the Earth, not just by our words, but also by our actions.
Since 2018, as part of the Subaru Loves the Earth initiative, Subaru and retailers across the country have partnered with TerraCycle® and have collected over 7 million pieces of hard-to-recycle trash from their communities. Items such as snack bag wrappers, coffee cups, or used cabin air filters from service areas have been diverted from landfills and given a second life by TerraCycle when it is converted into durable furniture and other usable items.
It's our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.
Since 2015 Subaru, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement Science, donated over 369,000 award-winning science books. In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and Adoptaclassroom.org we supported teachers and students with donations of $400,000 in gift cards and school supplies.
In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.
In 2020, Subaru and its retailers made a donation to Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis,* making meals available at 199 local food banks across the country.
*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.
We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.
Since 2016, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate over 167,000 blankets and 21,500 arts & crafts kits and reached nearly 150,000 patients in more than 780 hospitals nationwide.
Our dealership is committed to serving and continuing to share the love by sponsoring and participating in local charities such as Meals on Wheels, pet adoptions, and other charitable events that we have the opportunity to be a part of.
Subaru and Brandon Tomes Subaru believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here.
My name is Dayana Loya. I am the Subaru Love Promise Champion at Brandon Tomes Subaru in McKinney Texas. We plan a “Community Give Back” initiative every month of the year. A few weeks ago, Mr. Fowler, our Community Involvement Director, learned of a new outreach group in McKinney that is doing great work. The Community Garden Kitchen is a non-profit charity group that feeds hungry people. Their mission is to serve nutritious meals to people suffering the fear and distress of food insecurity. Four nights per week the kitchen serves dinner to over 100 hungry people each night. Anyone can receive a meal with no questions asked and no paperwork required. After a tour of the kitchen, it was clear that this is a program that Brandon Tomes Subaru should support. The kitchen’s director, Angela Poen, told us of a new program called “Dinner’s on Us” that allows individuals and companies one exclusive day to cover the cost of an evening meal. A donation of $500 covers the cost of one nights meal with recognition for the donor that night. Mr. Fowler and I felt that this is a perfect way for our team members to show their support to such a worth- while cause. The plan was to present the “Dinners on us” program to all of the BTS team members and suggest that they all donate at least $5.00. If everyone donated we would have just enough for one night’s meal at the kitchen. After everyone in our sales, service and parts departments were offered the opportunity to donate came the BIG surprise! The extremely gracious team donated enough money to serve not one, but FOUR nights meals! I was shocked and very proud of our team. Mr. Fowler then challenged Brandon Tomes to match the donation. With Mr. Tomes’s matching funds the Brandon Tomes Subaru Team served 2 weeks meals to over 400 people. Thank you to my fellow team members for having such generous hearts!
I am Helen Hutton, Executive Director with Baby Booties Diaper Bank in McKinney, Texas. In early June W.E. Fowler, of Brandon Tomes Subaru, approached us, once again, about supporting our diaper bank with a month-long diaper drive in July. He said his team at Brandon Tomes Subaru wanted to give back to our community and that they really wanted to help babies and families in need. They had hosted a similar drive in 2020 that proved a huge success and the impact on the community was amazing to see. Our diaper bank has one diaper distribution event each month and 12 partner agencies we provide diapers to monthly. We distribute on average 30,000 - 40,000 diapers per month. The Brandon Tomes Subaru team launched a month-long diaper drive called “Operation Baby Booties.” Their goal was to collect 65,000 diapers in the month of July. The plan was to donate diapers for every car sold and every oil change preformed as well as match one for one every diaper donated by customers, employees or generous members of our community. Word got out quickly. By mid-July, their diaper drive was in full swing. We stopped by mid-month and the showroom looked like a diaper warehouse. Due to increased demand and need for diapers in our community, we had completely exhausted our supply of diapers in four different sizes, therefore this drive could not have come at a more critical time. That is when we received the call from Mr. Fowler. He told us the diaper drive had been a huge success and he wanted to get diapers to us ASAP. The timing could not have been better! It was like God had answered our prayers. The Brandon Tomes Subaru diaper drive collected “55,000” diapers! This would provide diapers for 1,100 babies in need. The entire BTS team pitched in to load the diapers for us. We received the diapers on a Friday and that Sunday they were being repackaged and prepared by a local church youth group. Over half those diapers were then distributed to families in need the following Saturday at our monthly distribution. This will surely touch the hearts of hundreds of families here in McKinney, Texas. Thank you, Brandon Tomes Subaru Team!
LLS had the pleasure of taking part in the generous blanket delivery from Brandon Tomes Subaru to the Cancer Center Associates of McKinney. 80 soft and warm blankets were taken to the facility as part of the Subaru Loves to Care program. This incredible act of kindness was greatly appreciated by the staff at Cancer Center Associates of McKinney and will brighten the day of many patients. Thank you, Brandon Tomes Subaru, for giving to others and supporting the mission of LLS.
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship wants to Share our Love for Brandon Tomes Subaru. Brandon and Stephanie Tomes just presented a $41,000.00 check to ManeGait. We are so very grateful to be one of their hometown charities, and are so blessed to have such caring community partners as the Tomes family and the wonderful team at Brandon Tomes Subaru. At ManeGait, children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional and caring community. As a nonprofit organization, ManeGaite’s stewardship, business leadership, and community support have become the foundation for our center’s growth and longevity. We are committed to keeping the cost of equine therapy affordable for our rider families, therefore rider fees remain less than 15% of our operating budget. Individual donations contribute 70% of ManeGaits revenue needs. The donation from Brandon Tomes Subaru will provide riding scholarships to numerous riders and their families. Keep up the Great community outreach Brandon Tomes Subaru!
My name is Carol and I have lived in McKinney, Texas most of my life. I’m currently driving the second Subaru I’ve owned and love the folks at Brandon Tomes Subaru. In all the times I’ve visited the dealership over the years, I hadn’t paid much attention to the food pantry outside near the street. I remember seeing it thinking, “it’s nice they’re helping people in need” but never gave it much thought after that. However, Brandon Tomes’s free food pantry holds much more meaning to me now after the passing of my younger sister Kay. She had some unfortunate turns leading to a period where she was homeless, and even though she was too proud to accept our help, she often mentioned getting by with the free food she received many times from Brandon Tomes Subaru’s pantry. Now that she is no longer with us, I have started putting food into the pantry each week in the hopes of helping someone else’s sister/brother/mother/father/child when they have no other options. Thank you to Brandon Tomes Subaru for helping my sister and all others who are in need of food.
I am Paul Ballesteros Founder and President of “Emmanuel Labor”. We are dedicated to removing the ‘Lessness’ from Homelessness! We provide, housing searches, job searches and preparation, ID & vital document replacement, mentorship and discipleship to the homeless of McKinney Texas. During the winter months Emmanuel Labor partners with the local Salvation Army to provide overnight shelter to the homeless when our weather is near of below freezing. Bedding, blankets, pillows, a hot meal, and much need hygiene supplies are provided, and my team oversees these activities. Last January Wilson Fowler from Brandon Tomes Subaru reached out to see if there were any needs, we had for our winter program. The result of that call was 30 new inflatable beds, blankets and pillows delivered to us the next day. This year Wilson called to ask what we needed for 2022’s winter overnight housing program. Our current need was plastic storage boxes and lids. We house from 30 to 50 people each night and the bedding is stored in individual storage boxes which doubles as a place for our guest to store their personal belongings overnight. We also store other supplies in big, oversized storage bins. Our storage boxes and bins are several years old and need to be replaced. Like last year, the next day Brandon Tomes Subaru came to the rescue. They delivered 50 new plastic storage boxes with lids and 15 Hugh oversized H/D storage bins. What a blessing Brandon Tomes Subaru is to McKinney, Texas. Thank you, Brandon for your support to our community, it is unbelievable.
My name is Tracy Ferguson, and I am the Chief Development Officer for The Samaritan Inn, Collin County’s only homeless shelter. We are a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence. We support displaced people that have a desire to get back on their feet and be self-sufficient residents of Collin County again. A few weeks ago, W.E. Fowler from Brandon Tomes Subaru called me to schedule some dates for his employees to volunteer at the Inn during the month of December. While talking he asked how things were going and was there anything that the Inn needed before the end of the year. When he ask me that question, I remembered last December the van we used to transport our residents was involved in a traffic accident and was totaled. Brandon Tomes Subaru came to the rescue with the donation of a brand-new Subaru to fulfill our transportation needs. Such a blessing that was! With that in mind, I told W.E. about a big need that we had. Most of the residents at the Inn do not own a car or have transportation. The Inn decided to purchase bicycles for those residents and for their children. The bikes were very useful for our residents but the fact that our bicycles are all parked out of doors, the weather, wind and rain has taken its toll on the bikes. The staff member in charge of maintaining the bikes told us he was fighting a losing battle trying to keep the bikes in working order as long as they are parked outside. I told W.E. we really needed a bicycle storage shelter to protect the bikes. His reaction was, let me put a pencil to it and call you back. Well,4 weeks later The Samaritan Inn has a Wonderful all weather storage shelter for our over 50 bicycles! It was unbelievable, The Brandon Tomes Subaru team found a contractor, procured a building permit and had a construction date within 6 days. Less than 4 weeks from start to finish the project was completed. Today they presented us with a $12,000 check which more than paid for the entire project! Brandon Tomes Subaru has been one of our best supporters for over 12 years. It is because of organizations like Brandon Tomes Subaru that we can help those in need in our county. Thank you for All that you do!
I am the founder of Streetside Showers, a local non-profit serving those in need of a hot shower, personal hygiene care, a change of clothes and a meal. Our mission is to help restore human dignity to the homeless community in and around McKinney. Our trailer is equipped with bathrooms, toilets, showers, and we haul it all over North Texas, making seven stops per week. The storage unit for the trailer is really close to the Brandon Tomes Subaru dealership. W.E. Fowler, community outreach director of the dealership, was very curious about the trailer, so he asked me about our work and how his team could help. Ever since then, they've been a tremendous support. We also like to provide our guests with a meal at each of our stops. However, they really don't have a place to store groceries or cook food and Brandon Tomes Subaru immediately understood the need for prepared food. Volunteers from the dealership come out to serve meals and assist our guests with a shower service. Last year, Brandon Tomes Subaru kicked off a hygiene kit collection drive that was incredibly successful, and now that we are approaching winter, they really stepped up with a winter essentials collection drive. Throughout the month of October, they collected blankets, hats, gloves, socks – everything our guests need to help them stay warm. Even though 54% of our guests have a job, they're homeless and experiencing a tough time in their life. Many homeless people sleep in public places not meant for human habitation, and they don't have access to basic hygiene essentials. On a daily basis, we don't have a second thought about having the ability to wash our hands, take a shower, or brush our teeth. These are crucial activities that keep us healthy. Hygiene helps prevent serious health issues and gives homeless people dignity. With the help of the Brandon Tomes Subaru team, we recently reached a milestone of providing 16,000 showers. The Brandon Tomes Subaru team acknowledged the importance of the Streetside Showers mission and stepped into action by launching an annual month-long drive. As I said, last year was hygiene kits, and the campaign was called "Shower With Love." This year's collection drive of winter essentials was called "Loves To Help The Homeless." Both drives were promoted heavily, and there was amazing marketing and signage posted throughout the dealership, promoting the event to customers and employees. Brandon Tomes Subaru donated over $4,000 of blankets, socks, gloves and other winter essentials and customers were equally generous with their donations. I know the success of these events is directly attributed to Brandon Tomes Subaru’s involvement in the community, and their clientele really responds when they are asked to help support a cause. They really know how to raise awareness. Every community in North Texas is struggling – people are losing their jobs and homes, and we are busy trying to help meet the needs of all these people on the street. The folks at Brandon Tomes Subaru get behind us with spreading the word about what we need to continue our mission. The need never stops, and all we can do is try to help more people every week, and we simply couldn't do it without the invaluable help given to Streetside Showers by our friends and partners at Brandon Tomes Subaru.
Pepper was one of the many animals we were able to adopt out with the amazing support of Brandon Tomes Subaru. Pepper came to us as because her owner was elderly and was no longer able to care for her. She was 10 years old and 20 pounds overweight at 62 pounds. While she was with the shelter we put her on a diet and got her out to exercise as much as we could. In the 2 weeks she was here she had already lost 5 pounds so we knew a healthy life was possible for this very sweet girl. She never meet a stranger, animal or person and loved everyone. She was the perfect lap dog, whether you wanted her on your lap or not. She was adopted by a longtime supporter of the shelter, who had 2 other dogs at home that she also adopted from our shelter. We knew in her hands Pepper would have a great life.
My name is Danny Loya, and I’ve been a Lot Technician at Brandon Tomes Subaru for 2 years. I was lucky enough to participate in this year’s “30 Random Acts of Love,” an initiative to provide 30 Acts of LOVE for 30 days in September. Several Brandon Tomes Subaru employees went all over McKinney delivering lunches to essential workers for the entire month. We wanted to do something nice for people who help other people. My very first stop was delivering lunch for 15 volunteers at the Veterans Center of North Texas. Paul Hendricks, one of the volunteers that helps vets down on their luck, said he was amazed that we would think of them. That was just the beginning of meeting a bunch of really nice people. We went to Hope Free Clinic with meals for the doctors and volunteers. This is a clinic that helps patients who have no means to pay and no insurance. Melissa Willmarth, one of the volunteers, said she couldn’t wait to dig in! Disabled vets like to hang out at the local VFW, post-2150. On the day we arrived with lunches, there were 30 veterans and Guy Green, VFW director, said everyone loved their meal, which turned out to be a very special day. We decided to turn the tables on the folks who deliver for Meals On Wheels! Peggy Click, a board member, was so grateful, and all 25 volunteers and staff really enjoyed the lunches we provided. The McKinney Police Department’s “Neighborhood Patrol Unit” and the 911 operators had lunch on us on separate days. Greg Conley, McKinney Police Chief, sent Mr. Tomes a thank you letter saying our support was appreciated. There were so many more people that I had the privilege of meeting: Teressa Jimenez, director of CASA, an organization that advocates for children in the foster system, the folks at the local Salvation Army and the people in the Collin County Habitat for Humanity administrative offices. The joy these lunches brought people was kind of surprising to me. It didn’t seem like what I was doing was all that important. But it turned out it really is the thought that counts. We repeatedly heard people expressing that what we were doing was so thoughtful, and people usually forget about the folks “behind the scenes.” I don’t think I’ve smiled as much as I did in September as I have in my whole life!
I am a third-grade teacher at Caldwell Elementary School in McKinney, Texas. Last week, myself and nine other teachers were called into the conference room out of the blue, to find Brandon and Bob Tomes of Brandon Tomes Subaru waiting for us. To our surprise, they announced that Caldwell Elementary had been selected as a partner for this year’s “Subaru Loves Learning” event and we had been chosen to receive $500 each towards purchasing supplies and teaching aids for our classrooms! I have been teaching for 12 years, and every year we all end up spending money out of our pockets to purchase extra classroom supplies needed to teach our students, so this was an especially welcome gift. In these challenging times, every penny counts to a teacher. Brandon Tomes added, “We asked Principal Massey what needs every Caldwell classroom has, so in addition to the $500(each) for you 10 teachers, we’ve purchased “40” new Heavy duty Pro style X-ACTO pencil sharpeners, “500” student earbud speakers, “100” cases of antibacterial hand wipes, and a character-building classroom curriculum that the entire school can utilize every day.” We are anxious to start using the CharacterStrong training program. During the Pandemic, our students have been disconnected, neglected, and underserved. This curriculum teaches kindness, honesty, respect, empathy, and responsibility. I, along with the entire staff at Caldwell, am extremely grateful to Brandon Tomes Subaru for this VERY generous gift!
The mission of Foster Friends, a non-profit located in Collin County, is to help supplement the cost of raising foster children so that they may be able to experience the typical joys that other kids take for granted. Every August, the organization hosts an annual back-to-school shoe drive benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. CACCC ensures the shoes are distributed to local foster children. Sue Reeves, Foster Friends board member, reached out to Brandon Tomes Subaru of McKinney to see if they would be willing to co-host this year’s drive. Ms. Reeves said that collecting 700 pairs of shoes would be a daunting task, but to her delight, W.E. Fowler, dealership GM, responded immediately with the decision to meet the challenge. “The Back-to-School Shoe Fair on July 31st was a resounding success! Thanks to their generous support, we delivered over 700 pairs of shoes to all our deserving children. On behalf of our kids and all those who serve to make the lives of those in our care happy and healthy, we thank you so very much, Brandon Tomes Subaru,” Ms. Reeves said. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County has provided comprehensive services for children experiencing the trauma of abuse and neglect. They work with local officials, therapists, and family advocates to ensure children affected by abuse and neglect in Collin County have access to safety, healing, and justice. Lori Geer, CACCC’s Vice President of Development, said that the organization provides these services at no cost to their clients for as long as they are in need. The only way they can truly impact the children’s lives is through the help of partners like Brandon Tomes Subaru of McKinney. “The team from Brandon Tomes Subaru stepped up to the plate by offering to host a shoe drive in partnership with Foster Friends. On behalf of the children we serve, we’re so grateful.” Preparing for a new school year is always an exciting yet anxious time for children. This past year has brought an additional level of uncertainty to school children across Collin County. Dealing with a global pandemic on top of schoolwork is difficult for any child, especially those affected by abuse or neglect. The shoes they received may be the first new pair of shoes they have ever owned for many children. Brandon Tomes Subaru’s accomplishment is one Great step towards creating a happy and healthy environment for the foster children of Collin County.
In McKinney, Texas, Brandon Tomes Subaru partnered with our organization, Community Lifeline Center, in distributing food to over 100 households on June 22, 2021. The North Texas Food Bank and the McKinney Police Department joined us at the dealership in the morning, and by that afternoon, over 9,000 pounds of food went out to families in need. This effort was a part of our continued commitment to supporting people in our local community in crisis. W.E. Fowler, Brandon Tomes Subaru’s Community Outreach Director, informed me that this event was the second food giveaway they have done in less than a year. It is clear their passion for helping the community is sincere and it has not waned. There was a line of cars waiting when we began the contactless food distribution on Tuesday morning. 20 dealership volunteers, including Mr. Bob Tomes and his wife, Barbara, along with Brandon Tomes, served fresh, perishable, boxed meals from morning until noon. Also in attendance was Subaru of America regional employees and officers from the McKinney Police Department. Along with individual households, two truck-loads of food went to the Holy Family School, a preschool in McKinney, Texas, dedicated to providing a safe, loving environment for children of all backgrounds. The pandemic continues to recede; however, our neighbors are still in need. Recently, The North Texas Food Bank reported that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact hunger in North Texas. "Over the past year, food insecurity among North Texans has increased by 25 percent. This statistic reflects a significant rise in those seeking food assistance for the very first time – approximately 40 percent of those served by the organization since the start of the pandemic. Almost 900,000 North Texans now face immediate and sustained food insecurity. "Community Lifeline Center has helped individuals and families for over 30 years. Our purpose is to guide residents in crisis back to self-sufficiency and independence by providing resources, information, and referral services to McKinney and Collin County residents. Brandon Tomes Subaru's support is invaluable to our mission! Thank you once again for your generous contribution, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.
Dear Brandon Tomes Subaru, We at the Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership (AEYL) cannot thank you enough for your recent donation of $3,000 and your choice to begin this partnership with us. Without supporters like Brandon Tomes Subaru, our program wouldn't be able to flourish in its current capacity. We're so excited to get started! With the sponsorship of our new Educational and Workforce Training Lab, we will be able to furnish it with desks, chairs and storage cabinets. This room will be an integral part of our program by providing the vast community; which includes minority and underrepresented young adults with workplace readiness training. They will develop computer skills, conduct career assessments, academic prep for ACT/SAT exams, build resumes, and receive job application assistance. With your invaluable sponsorship, the youth in our program will have the guidance and encouragement to become an outstanding member of society – and maybe have a fulfilling career at Brandon Tomes Subaru one day! We want you to know how much your sponsorship means to AEYL! McKinney, Texas hometown supporters like you help us create a local diverse workforce by empowering youth and young adults with self-esteem, confidence and accountability. Derrick and Ceretha Robinson, Founders of AEYL!
The “Share the Love” event results are in and the checks have been delivered! This year Brandon Tomes Subaru chose to support two local charities to be the recipients of our Share the Love donations. The Samaritan Inn of McKinney and ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship each received $30,000.00 checks! Brandon Tomes Subaru has supported The Samaritan Inn for over ten years and this year’s check will help support hundreds of our homeless as they strive to better themselves. This marks the third year Brandon Tomes Subaru has supported ManeGait and with this donation several special needs children and adults will receive a well-deserved ManeGait, scholarship. “Share the Love” is a Great way that Brandon Tomes Subaru can support the wonderful charities in our community. We look forward to future initiatives with both The Samaritan Inn and ManeGait.
April is “Earth Month” at Brandon Tomes Subaru. Earth Day, April 22, is a celebration of the beauty and life-sustaining bounty of our natural environment. On Earth Day we reaffirm our responsibility to protect Mother Earth for future generations. The BTS team feels that it is our responsibility to help protect Earths natural wonders, so we are celebrating Earth Day all month long! Our sales and service team presented every customer with a potted plant to reminded them of the importance of conservation and sustainability. Brandon Tomes Subaru teamed with Hugs Greenhouse to supply over 1,000 plants for the Earth Month celebration! Hugs Greenhouse is a non-profit that empowers adults with special needs to change their lives for the better. Recycle bins in our showroom for our customers, a certified Green facility, and a recycle program for used air filters in our service department are a few of the ways we help protect our earth year-round. Thanks to Brandon Tomes Subaru’s “Earth Month” the BTS team and our Great customers are a little bit GREENER!
Brandon Tomes Subaru in McKinney, Texas and the North Texas Food Bank partnered to offer support for families in need. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on McKinney, Texas, and the surrounding area's health and economic well-being. Many neighboring communities have been hard-hit by illness and unemployment and still need support. To provide much-needed relief, Brandon Tomes Subaru hosted the North Texas Food Bank drive-thru Mobile Food Pantry on March 3, 2021. This free, drive-thru service is available to all community members in need of support as the pandemic's economic impact continues to cause food insecurity. In the early morning, a semi-tractor-trailer arrived, loaded with pre-packed boxes of food. Brandon Tomes Subaru employees, NTFB volunteers, and Texas Military National Guard members quickly set up the Mobile Pantry for distributing food in a seamless and fully contactless process. Some BTS employees directed traffic into the dealership parking lot, while other employees and volunteers helped load boxes of food in the trunk of vehicles. Marisela with the North Texas Food Bank commented that this was the first time NTFB held an event at a car dealership. "They were so well organized, helpful and hard-working. The large number of dealership volunteers was so impressive, and we look forward to having another event with Brandon Tomes Subaru very soon," said Marisela. Many food recipients expressed their gratitude and shared their stories with Brandon Tomes Subaru employees. Bill and Linda came with their four children and drove away with eight boxes of fresh food. "Because of the pandemic, I had to quit my job to take care of the kids, and Bill's income is smaller. Food for the family takes a huge bite out of our monthly income," said Linda. Each BTS employee provided cheerful service to clients while hustling to serve everyone promptly. Towards the end of the event, Joseph Vargas, a BTS employee, saw that there might be some boxes of food leftover. He asked if he could take some food to his mother, who runs a daycare center in town. "We loaded a new Forester with 20 boxes of food and delivered it to the center," said Joseph. "Mom told me the food fed all of the kids for days, and it was a real blessing when her finances are so tight." Another example of people receiving food indirectly from the event came from one of the McKinney police officers directing traffic. Officer Bruno told Brandon Tomes about a local family who recently lost everything in a house fire. Brandon insisted that the family needed to receive some food boxes, so he loaded the officer's squad car. "That was enough food to last the family for a month," said Officer Bruno. Brandon Tomes Subaru regularly partners with the Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter in McKinney. Wilson Fowler, General Manager of BTS, saw plenty of food to go around, so he made a last-minute call to the shelter. "I received a call from Wilson Wednesday morning, and he told me about their free food event. He then told me that it was over at noon and looked like they were going to have some food leftover and did the Inn need it," said Rick Crocker, director of the Samaritan Inn. "I sent our refrigerated box truck over ASAP. The truck returned with four fresh food pallets, enough to feed all of our residents for a week. Brandon Tomes Subaru supports The Inn yet again. ""I was shocked to see an 18-wheeler full of food and didn't know how we were going to distribute it all," said Brandon Tomes. However, he was relieved to see over 50 cars waiting in line an hour before the start of the event. Within four hours, 400 families and a few indirect recipients had fresh food for their families. Brandon continued, "We are so proud to work with our community partners to fight hunger and provide fresh food to those who need it most. Our 'Love Promise' is to keep sharing the love in our great community."
McKinney Texas has a growing homeless population. The local Salvation Army started a program to help the homeless during these cold winter nights. Texas weather serves up many cold nights and people with no place to stay are exposed to the freezing elements. When the overnight temperature is forecast to be 32 degrees or below the Salvation Army opens their gymnasium to provide an overnight warming station. Their air-up beds were showing age and the 25-bed inventory was not enough to handle the 30 to 50 homeless that show up. Brandon Tomes Subaru called and ask, “what can we do to help?”. More beds and more pillows were the answer. The BTS Team showed up the next day with 35 new air beds and 35 pillows. The timing was perfect! The next6 nights proved to be record cold overnight temps with lows in the teens and even dipping below zero for two nights. Local people in need are helped yet again by the Love Promise Team at Brandon Tomes Subaru.
The Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center reached out to Brandon Tomes Subaru this week with a plea for help. The Centers annual “Holiday Project” is next week and they are short on gifts for the over 800 children that are treated at the center. This year’s pandemic has greatly diminished the number of donations received for the event and time is running out. Each year the Center treats all the children with a book, 2 toys, and a new outfit of clothing. Last year BTS delivered the Center over 1,000 pairs of new shoes, so helping out with this year’s Holiday needs posed no problem. The BTS team went into action and gathered up 2 Subaru’s FULL of books and toys. The 150 books and over 200 new toys helped the Center fill this year’s last-minute need for gifts. Each year, more than 4,500 children are reported as abused or neglected in Collin County. Through the services provided at the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, these children are able to find safety, healing, and justice. Brandon Tomes Subaru will continue giving back to our community especially when we find that we can help our children.
The staff and residents of The Samaritan Inn in McKinney, Texas, are eternally grateful to Brandon Tomes Subaru for the amazing gift of a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. The Samaritan Inn is a residential homeless program that houses men, women and children and provides supportive services through their journey back to self-sufficiency. What a blessing it was to receive this gift from Brandon Tomes Subaru. It came at a time when our residents needed it most. We lost one of our transportation vehicles due to a car accident and it greatly hampered our ability to transport residents to doctor’s appointments, the Social Security office, job interviews and take kids to school. Now, due to our community partner’s generosity we are able to resume this service and safely transport our residents in style. Brandon Tomes Subaru has been a Great supporter of the Samaritan Inn for the last 7 years. Over the years Brandon Tomes Subaru has presented The Inn with checks totaling over $200,000.00. This is yet another wonderful donation. Thank you, Brandon Tomes Subaru for helping The Samaritan Inn carry the load of supporting our vulnerable neighbors during a time of need.
The Streetside Showers team is thrilled that Brandon Tomes Subaru donated hygiene supplies so we can continue helping the homeless of our city! In September, the General Manager of Brandon Tomes Subaru, W.E. Fowler, reached out to us asking how they could get involved in our organization. They asked if there were any products we needed for our shower service that they could gather on our behalf. Little did we know that less than two months later they would have boxes and boxes of products to donate! We almost had to take two trips to fit all of the donations that Brandon Tomes Subaru so graciously donated. Every product that was donated will go to promote cleanliness and dignity for our homeless population in North Texas. Our operation was founded on the principle of helping those in need and we are blessed that Brandon Tomes Subaru came along side of us to help spread hope to the most vulnerable in our community. Streetside Showers is a mobile-shower service based in McKinney, TX which provides hot showers, clean undergarments, and hygiene kits to individuals experiencing homelessness in North Texas. Our mission is “to offer hope and help restore human dignity to the homeless community in the form of a hot shower and personal hygiene care.” We are dedicated to providing basic human needs, restoring human dignity, and improving the quality of life for our unhoused neighbors. Streetside Showers has been operating for over three years and we have provided over 10,000 showers to the homeless of our community. Currently, we service nearly 175 people every week across 8 different cities. In addition to providing a space for people to get clean, we also hand out hygiene kits, socks, underwear and other essentials that our guests might need. Brandon Tomes Subaru so generously stocked us with hygiene supplies such as: soap, foot powder, feminine products, razors, socks, and much more. Brandon Tomes Subaru did not just stop at hygiene supplies, they also donated blankets! Winters in Texas are not friendly to our unhoused neighbors, so winter apparel and protection is vital to the safety and health of all members of our community. Brandon Tomes Subaru, the Streetside Showers team along with all the unhoused of North Texas want to thank you for your company’s dedication to help provide supplies that will contribute to the health and wellness of all members of our community.
As the general manager of Brandon Tomes Subaru, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of several initiatives that help bring Subaru’s Love Promise into our community. Each drive we did, we found a specific group that had a very specific need. This time, we wanted to find a way to reach a wider range of people in our community. These are incredibly challenging times, and so many people have been affected by this pandemic. After much thought, the BTS team decided to focus September 2020’s Love Promise Initiative on the essential workers of McKinney with “30 Random Acts of Kindness and Love.” Each day, a BTS team member delivered a random act of kindness and love. Lunches were delivered to the ER staff at Baylor Hospital, the 3rd grade teachers at Caldwell Elementary, the kindergarten teachers at McClure Elementary, a group of 20 “911” operators at the McKinney Police Department, as well as many others. Breakfast was served to day-laborers while they waited for a job. We delivered a month’s worth of after school snacks to the Boys and Girls Club, Starbucks workers received gift cards, dessert trays and pies were delivered to the Northbrook Retirement Home. These are just a few examples of the 30 random acts our team delivered throughout the month. With each delivery, I saw the genuine look of disbelief and gratitude in their eyes that they were thought of and appreciated. The “30 Random Acts of Love” was a humbling experience and genuinely heartwarming. We may have left with more love received than given. I am proud of each member of the Brandon Tomes Subaru Team for their continued dedication to giving back to our community
I am the Executive Director and Founder of Baby Booties Diaper Bank a local non-profit serving under-resourced women and children in and around McKinney, Texas with diapers, infant formula, and hygiene products. In early June, W.E. Fowler, the G.M. of Brandon Tomes Subaru approached me about supporting our organization and mission with a month-long diaper drive in July. He mentioned his team at Brandon Tomes Subaru wanted to give back to our community and would love to focus their efforts on helping families and children in need. Well, of course, we would LOVE that! What a perfect partnership.1 in 3 families in McKinney struggled to provide diapers for their children before the pandemic. That meant our work to provide diapers, a basic need for families, not covered by any government assistance programs, during the pandemic was that much more critical. W.E. Fowler and Brandon Tomes Subaru understood that need and urgency and knew they could help. Prior to the pandemic, we were hosting 1 monthly event, passing out on average,10,000 diapers. As soon as the pandemic hit we began weekly distribution events and recently moved to bi-weekly. Since March 13th, in immediate emergency response, we have passed out 251,749 diapers to over 4,000 families. In our July events alone, we passed out 65,000 diapers (a 550% increase from pre-COVID months) to under-resourced families in our community. The Brandon Tomes Subaru team acknowledged how exponential the diaper need was and decided to step into action by launching a month-long diaper drive called “Operation Baby Bottoms”. Their goal was to collect 50,000 diapers in the month of July. The plan was to donate diapers for every car sold, every oil change performed, and to match, one-for-one every in-kind diaper donation from customers, employees, or generous members of our community. Word quickly spread! By the 10th of July, their drive was in full swing and they had already collected over 13,000 diapers. The Brandon Tomes Subaru team was stacking diaper boxes right there on the showroom floor! We stopped by mid-month and couldn’t believe what we saw! The showroom looked like a diaper warehouse, and all the amazing marketing and signage they had posted throughout the dealership, promoting the event to customers and employees, warmed our hearts beyond words. Our second July distribution was the largest turnout of any event we have held in our 7-year history. 500 families received assistance that day, and the 41,000 diapers that were distributed left us completely depleted of ALL SIZES, with no diapers for our next event. That’s when we received the call from Mr. Fowler. He told us his diaper drive had been a huge success and he wanted to deliver the diapers to Baby Booties ASAP. The timing could not have been better! It was as if God had answered our prayers. The Brandon Tomes Subaru diaper drive had collected “ 56,160 ” diapers! When we arrived to the dealership for the presentation the entire BTS team pitched in to load and deliver the diapers to us. It was an amazing and heartwarming moment to experience. Our clients receive 50 diapers at each event, so this donation from Brandon Tomes Subaru will provide diapers for 1,123 North Texas families in need! We are beyond grateful to Mr. Fowler and the team at Brandon Tomes Subaru for sharing their love, and resources to better the lives of so many in our community. Families that right now are facing hardships, uncertainty, financial crisis and feel scared and alone. Families being forced to choose between food and diapers; paying bills or buying diapers. But for today, these diapers donated by Brandon Tomes will provide these families with hope and let them know they are seen and loved by their community. Thank you. Helen Hutton Executive Director Baby Booties Diaper Bank
Dear Brandon Tomes, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for choosing our son Logan as one of the many recipients to receive a generous $1,000.00 scholarship. Donors like you and Brandon Tomes Subaru make it possible for students to take the next step in their education and to pursue their dreams. Logan is definitely excited to begin his next chapter at The University of North Texas this fall. Your scholarship program of giving the high school senior sons and daughters of all Brandon Tomes Subaru employees a scholarship goes hand in hand with the many other community outreach projects that you promote. I am so proud to say that my husband works for such a Great company. Many Thanks, Tonia Elder
A couple of weeks ago I went to my local Subaru dealer, Brandon Tomes Subaru.The sales rep that greeted me told me “We are celebrating Earth Week and if you buy a car this week we will plant a tree in a national forest in your honor”. Next he handed me a flyer about Earth Day a package of vegetable seeds and a package of flower seeds. The buying experience was great and I got the new Subaru of my dreams. Yesterday I received a wonderful card in the mail. The card said “In Celebration of EARTH DAY, and as a Living Tribute Brandon Tomes Subaru Planted a Tree in our National Forest in your Honor”. What a wonderful way to show their customers and their community that they want to help preserve our Earth. Thank you Brandon Tomes Team, I planted my flower seeds today.
My husband and I were in the market for a new car. It was Spring Break in our area. We walked into a competing dealer and walked away very disappointed. We decided to try Subaru, who works with the local school district to give teachers a discount on purchasing new cars. This is a huge plus considering I do teach for the local district. We were not disappointed! My husband and I both walked away with a new car. Two new cars in our family!! Then COVID-19 hit in the next couple of days. The school district closed, and we were all asked to stay home. My husband was anxious about his job and where that would leave him. He and his coworkers were told to work from home until June 1st. What about the new cars?! What about the payments now that we aren’t sure about his job?? After losing a few nights of sleep, he called the dealership and explained our situation. They took the car back and returned his car we had used for a trade in!! They were very understanding! We will be going back once this whole ordeal is over to purchase him a new car!
Last year, after learning the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center was in a dire need of shoes, Brandon Tomes Subaru made a goal to collect more than 1,000 pairs of new shoes. With help from the community, 1,016 pairs of shoes were donated. This year, Brandon Tomes Subaru decided to keep the tradition going and find a new organization in need. After some research, they were surprised to discover that the number one need of homeless shelters is socks. The “Warm Hearts, Warm Feet Sock Drive Challenge” was quickly set into place. The Subaru team set a goal to collect 10,000 pairs of new socks during the month of February to be donated to multiple homeless shelters across North Texas. In order to reach the goal, Brandon Tomes Subaru would donate 25 pairs of socks for every car sold, 10 pairs for every oil change, and would also match all individual donations brought in throughout the month of February. Word of the sock drive quickly spread, and within 10 days, 4,000 pairs of socks were already stacked in the showroom. The support from the community was overwhelming! Socks continued to pour in throughout the month. By February 29th, the total count was 10,784 pairs of new socks! The Samaritan Inn, Collin County’s only homeless shelter, was the lucky recipient of several thousand pairs of these socks. Brandon Tomes Subaru has been involved with the Samaritan Inn for several years. They have donated well over $150,000.00 to the Inn and countless community service hours helping our residents, so when they ask if we needed socks it was no surprise that BTS wanted to share more “Love” to our community. These socks will be greatly appreciated by all our residents. We are lucky to have such a wonderful organization with such a giving spirit in our city!
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Center is a program where children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the direction of a professional, caring community. Riding a horse provides a multi-dimensional movement pattern similar to the human gait. This motion influences the rider’s body leading to increased flexibility, core strength, motor skills and intellectual functioning. Horseback riding is an exciting and rewarding sport, and ManeGait provides a fun, enriching, and supportive environment for the riders to reach their potential. These lessons are taught by certified riding instructors with the assistance of volunteer aids. Team members of Brandon Tomes Subaru have volunteered many hours as riding aids to help these members of our community that so desperately need our help. The ManeGait program requires hundreds of volunteer hours each month and we are very grateful to the BTS team for helping ManeGait make a difference in the lives of these children.
On August 29th Finch Elementary received a special surprise for all of our students! Brandon Tomes Subaru delivered school supplies and books to help all of our students. We are a Title 1 school here in McKinney and can make use of every item that was donated. We were told the outreach came from customers and employees of Brandon Tomes Subaru. Thank you to all that donated, Finch Elementary is grateful for the outpour of support from our community.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas had the amazing pleasure to partner together with Brandon Tomes Subaru on June 19 for their Subaru Loves to Care Program. As one of 8 neighborhood retailers, Brandon Tomes delivered 80 blankets and 30 arts and crafts kits to Cancer Center Associates of McKinney, while also conveying hope, warmth, and uplifting words of encouragement to those currently being treated and battling for their lives. Each blanket came along with a personal note of hope written by the customers and staff of Brandon Tomes that the patients absolutely loved reading. The Subaru staff personally handed out these blankets and chatted for a few minutes getting to know each patient. A new connection was made as this was LLS and Brandon Tomes first time delivering to Cancer Center Associates of McKinney. We hope to work together to donate to the center again next year! The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Texas is beyond appreciative for the kindness and commitment of Brandon Tomes Subaru not only for our mission but also to those in our local community. Seeing the joy on patients’ faces as the blankets were personally delivered was extremely rewarding and heartwarming. We are honored to collaborate with an organization that offers back to the absolute most meriting individuals and carries light to the darkness of a cancer diagnosis.
Since 2015, Subaru Of America and Brandon Tomes Subaru have partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate over 105,000 blankets and 12,000 arts & crafts kits to hospitals and cancer treatment centers across the country. This year the Brandon Tomes Subaru team delivered blankets and craft kits to the "Cancer Center Associates of McKinney" where hundreds of patients from McKinney and the surrounding area are treated every month. These blankets are a messages of hope from Subaru, Brandon Tomes Subaru and our customers to cancer patients in our local community.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County (CACCC) provides safety, healing and justice for children victimized by abuse and neglect in Collin County. Achieving this requires a multi-disciplinary team approach; under one roof we house law enforcement, Child Protective Services, forensic interviewers, therapists, and family advocates. With more than 225 professionals under one roof, CACCC offers therapy and support services, free of charge, for children and non-offending family members, for as long as they are needed. No child is ever turned away. Children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect often leave with nothing but the clothes on their back. Caregivers may struggle to meet the unexpected needs of a child in crisis. CACCC and Brandon Tomes Subaru of McKinney partnered in May 2019, to provide hope and a new start, one step at a time, to children victimized by abuse. Through their “Share A Pair” Shoe Drive, the Brandon Tomes Subaru team in McKinney and its customers donated “1,016” pairs of new shoes for CACCC’s Rainbow Room. The Rainbow Room meets the emergency needs of children and families by providing immediate access to brand new clothing, shoes and hygiene products all completely free of charge. When life is dramatically upside down, something as small as a new pair of shoes can communicate to a child “You Matter.” Thanks to the caring Brandon Tomes Subaru community, over 1,000 children will benefit this summer from their generosity. For many of these children, this pair of shoes may be the only pair of shoes they own, and on behalf of these deserving children, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Brandon Tomes Subaru was excited to host the Channel 8 News Team. Sean Giggy, WFAA’s top community reporter, visited with the team at Brandon Tomes Subaru to learn more about how the Free Food Pantry works. Sean was impressed to learn about the local partnerships Brandon Tomes had in the community. Brandon Tomes Subaru sales associates spend time volunteering at McKinney’s homeless shelter, “The Samaritan Inn,” and they serve food at “Meals on Wheels.” This really impressed Sean and negated active stereotypes of car dealers and car salesmen that he adopted over the years. Mr. Giggy decided to return with a TV Crew to film a news story on our Food Pantry, and our challenge to the other 600 Subaru retailers to create their own. The entire Brandon Tomes Subaru organization takes pride in supporting and promoting our Love Promise Free Food pantry. This is not a seasonal act of giving, but a commitment to give back all year long.
The team at Brandon Tomes Subaru collected "2" carloads of pet supplies during Subaru's "Subaru Loves Pets" campaign. The BTS associates and the generous BTS customers donated dog and cat food, blankets, pet treats, pet plays toys, feeding and water bowls, and many other items that our county shelter never has enough of. Brandon and Bob Tomes along with W.E. Fowler presented the supplies to very grateful shelter staff. This is the 7th year that Brandon Tomes Subaru has collected items to support the pets of Mckinney and Collin County.
The team at Brandon Tomes Subaru supports the "Wounded Warriors Family Support" team as they cross the country raising money that will support families of wounded U.S. veterans. One of BTS's customers is driving this new pickup cross country and he will present that new vehicle to a well deserving Vet. The BTS teammates autographed the truck as well as donated to this great cause!
Brandon Tomes Subaru teamed up with Subaru of America and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Texas to share some love to the patients at Baylor Medical Center in McKinney, Texas. Brandon Tomes Subaru delivered “80” Warm blankets, arts and craft kits and cargo bags to help the McKinney patients and their families that are battling cancer.This is the fourth year Brandon Tomes has donated these blankets. Baylor Medical Center and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Texas are beyond grateful for the generosity and commitment of Brandon Tomes Subaru. It is wonderful to have local businesses that give back to their community. Many THANKS to the entire team at Brandon Tomes Subaru! Will
Last month I was shopping for a new car. I am a single woman and I was looking for a new car that made me feel safe. I did my homework online and decided that I wanted to look at a new Subaru Forester. I went to my hometown Subaru dealer, Brandon Tomes Subaru in McKinney Texas. Everyone at the dealership from the Sales Associate to the Finance Manager were great to work with! I found the Forester that I liked, test drove it and purchased it the same day. This is probably not an unusual story for Brandon Tomes and his team. The reason for my letter is, when I was coming back to the dealership from my test drive I spotted a cabinet with a sign on it next to the street. The standalone cabinet was full of food. The sign said "Brandon Tomes Subaru Love Promise FREE Food Pantry. Take what you need." I asked my salesman what it was and he told me that the Brandon Tomes Team built the food pantry about 8 or 9 months ago. I asked him who could take the food and his answer was, ANYONE! This warmed my heart. I have been a social worker for 30 years and this sold me on Brandon Tomes Subaru and on Subaru of America. Our community has a significant number of homeless people and I have spread the word about this free food pantry. When I was doing research on which car to buy I was very impressed with Subaru's commitment to the earth, community and to giving back. I read Subaru's Love Promise on their website and I saw that same Promise displayed at the dealership. It is clear to me that Brandon Tomes and his team are committed to giving back to our community. I have included a picture of my Sales Associate displaying the food pantry. He was a great sport. Thank you, Janie L.
A few months back I received a letter from Brandon Tomes Subaru challenging us to do better. Brandon Tomes set up a 24/7 Food Pantry and asked other Subaru dealers across the country to do the same. It Worked! Thank you for being an inspiration. The Subaru Love Promise is real and Brandon Tomes Subaru shows that every day. Gene Davis Bob Rohrman Subaru of Fort Wayne
Every year, Meals on Wheels Collin County brings together local businesses and leaders in our community to enjoy friendly competition on the greens. Brandon Tomes Subaru was a proud sponsor of the 13th annual golf tournament. Proceeds from the tournament help Meals on Wheels Collin County ensure over 1400 senior citizens will continue to receive the help they need to live happier, healthier, and independent lives.
The Samaritan Inn, a Mckinney based organization, is more than just a place to spend the night. We offer a holistic approach to those experiencing homelessness in North Texas. We serve the whole person - addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Every situation is different, and The Samaritan Inn is the only place in North Texas with a comprehensive program built to serve individuals, families, and their pets. Our community partners like Brandon Tomes Subaru affords us the opportunity to implement our program which focuses on four pillars - Case Management, Counseling, Financial Literacy, and Career Development. We are incredibly grateful for Brandon and his entire team! With the support of the community, we help our residents gain dignity and independence. Brandon Tomes Subaru was a proud contributor of $61,495 this year. Well done!
Brandon Tomes Subaru is excited to provide a food pantry for our local community, right outside our showroom doors! Food pantries help a variety of people in our community, all of which have one thing in common—they are in need of help/assistance. Our pantry is here to help serve that need and does so by providing complimentary nonperishables and a place for community members to donate their goods to others. Free standing and in a convenient location, not to mention always open, access to nonperishable items can be found with ease and are always anonymous. Select the items you need from the items available and don’t worry about replacing them unless you’d like to! Our goal? To provide for our community!
On July 11, Brandon Tomes Subaru partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) of North Texas to deliver warmth to patients battling cancer at Medical City- Dallas. Brandon Tomes Subaru generously donated 80 blankets along with a number of arts & craft kits to patients at the hospital. While we were there, nurses from the oncology and children's floors came to deliver the blankets to patients. Before we left, the nurses came back for a second round of blankets and told us how excited the patients were to receive such a kind gift of love. Subaru supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS and patients across the country thank Brandon Tomes Subaru for their generosity towards our community! Because of you, our patients feel supported through their treatment and in survivorship. Thank you, Brandon Tomes Subaru!
We honored and grateful to have the opportunity host a beautiful native wildlife garden at Nell Burks Elementary! Like a team sport or mascot, providing our students with this amazing and hands-on gardening opportunity has offered a symbolic locus of school pride and spirit. Gardening offers schools a way of helping children to identify with their school and to feel proud of their own individual contribution. Students had the opportunity to discuss and learn about which plants they helped to plant, and they are extremely proud of their finished product and hard work. This experience has provided us with the ability to foster school spirit and each student's attitudes toward the positive school culture and ownership.
Brandon Tomes Subaru took the Share The Love program to another level this year. Sales, service, management, and office employees took time out of their day to tour the only homeless shelter in Collin County and physically gave back to their hometown charity by volunteering. Brandon Tomes Subaru had an unbelievable time learning first-hand what exactly The Samaritan Inn does for their community and were able to be apart of serving lunches, stocking the pantry, unloading donations, and mingling with the residents. These experiences were shared with their customers during Share The Love which assisted them in raising over DOUBLE the amount they were able to raise last year for The Samaritan Inn! Congratulations!
Brandon Tomes Subaru continues to support the community though its involvement with our annual Krewe of Barkus, costume dog parade and dog awareness event. 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the event with 250 dogs and 4,500 parade spectators. This event is a McKinney favorite and receives high visibility from local media. At this year’s Krewe of Barkus, there were seven dog rescue non-profits featured and the event resulted in several dog adoptions that day. We are very grateful for Brandon Tomes Subaru’s participation and support.
Communities In Schools at Burks Elementary surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve. Thanks to Brandon Tomes Subaru/Ford who provided assistance to Burks Elementary with school supplies, sport bags and pocket planners, our students participating on the CISDR academic support program, run by Manager Eva Madera, are able to complete school assignments without any limitations.The people in charge of the "Subaru Love promise" is amazing! Your donation is greatly appreciated!
We were so thankful to have Brandon Tomes Subaru in McKinney, Texas, as a supporter of the first ever Meat Fight 1K! Our charity event was a smash hit, and it's definitely in part thanks to the generous donation we received from Brandon Tomes Subaru. Our attendees ran a 1K course through 23 different stations of beer, whiskey, meat and more-- all to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and people in the DFW area living with MS. The event raised over $24,000 for the cause, and was a blast. Many thanks to Brandon Tomes Subaru for being a part of our fight to end MS. We can't wait for next year! Go meat! - Alice Laussade CEO Meat Fight, Inc.
Camp Bow Wow McKinney, a premier dog daycare and overnight boarding facility, was thrilled to have Brandon Tomes Subaru participate in our Grand Opening event on August 6 at our 448 N. Custer location. Event attendees were not only able to check out the latest Subaru Outback, but they also went home with some great giveaways. We especially appreciated their support of our adoption event and the many rescue groups that were part of this Grand Opening "Paw-ty." Not only did some homeless hounds find new homes, but the event also raised money for the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, which offers grants of up to $2,500 for necessary medical treatments for certain conditions and emergency services for our canine friends in need. Thank you Brandon Tomes Subaru!!
Brandon Tomes Subaru recently partnered with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help out and provide support to cancer patients at the Medical City Dallas. I wanted to send a note and share with all of you how grateful I am to have such amazing and thoughtful people in our community! The donation of blankets from Brandon Tomes Subaru to our Oncology Program has been a powerful testament to these patients here at Medical City Dallas. These blankets are letting them know that even though they are in a frightening and sometimes uncertain place, there are people out there who care! We have delivered almost every blanket and each time we take the box in and the patients open it they are wowed!! The cards truly have made people smile and given so many a much needed bright spot of hope in their day. Please let everyone involved know how moved everyone was by this generous project - this touched not only the patients, but also touched our staff! Thank you again for your heartfelt generosity. From: Kimberlee Hann, Director of Oncology Services
Since its founding in 1984, The Samaritan Inn has provided shelter, food and life-changing programs to almost 10,000 homeless members of the community. The Inn could not continue to help willing people gain dignity and independence without the support of community partners like Brandon Tomes Subaru. Brandon and his team have held numerous events to help raise funds and awareness for The Samaritan Inn, the most recent being the Share the Love Campaign, which raised an incredible $23,011. Those funds allow The Samaritan Inn to serve over 500 residents. There is no doubt that the Share the Love campaign was so successful this year because of the efforts of the team at Brandon Tomes Subaru. Well done!
For 14 years the Krewe of Barkus parade has been a tremendous source of civic pride and community involvement. It is one of the most highly publicized family-friendly events in all of north Texas. Newspapers, television, and radio stations from Dallas and Fort Worth cover the event each year and the positive publicity our city receives is priceless. Brandon Tomes Subaru was there to participate in this family event in downtown McKinney on February 6, 2016. The theme this year was "A Salute to All Things French". McKinney's Krewe of Barkus is patterned after the Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, which was established to help abused and abandoned dogs.
Brandon and Bob Tomes and their staff did an outstanding job helping out with deliveries during the holidays! On behalf of Meals on Wheels Collin County and our clients that they delivered meals to I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for Brandon Tomes Subaru's kindness and willingness to give back and serve our community. They made a difference in our clients lives, showing them love and that they are important and are not forgotten. With utmost gratitude, Joseph Stringer Volunteer Coordinator Meals on Wheels Collin County
The start of school is an exciting time for students everywhere, but this year, a special classroom of Kindergartners received an unexpected surprise! Brandon Tomes Subaru in McKinney made a generous donation to my class at Finch Elementary. Through the Adopt-a-Classroom program, they donated $200 to purchase classroom materials. I was able to get some much-needed educational tools for my kindergartners. These included literacy activities, math manipulatives to help with hands-on learning, and books! These materials will help increase engagement, which translates to increased student achievement! In addition, Brandon Tomes Subaru solicited school supply donations from its customers, and FILLED a Subaru vehicle with markers, folders, pencils, index cards, glue, supply bags, crayons and paper! They also donated $95 to purchase additional supplies! The kids were over-the-moon with their excitement, as was I! They were so grateful for the help with materials and couldn't wait to get to work using their new school tools. Finch Elementary is a Title I school located in east McKinney, and has a large population of English as a Second Language and bilingual students. The kids (and teachers) were touched by the generosity of Brandon Tomes Subaru because it means that people all over McKinney and surrounding cities want them to be successful, and it shows them that their community cares!
Brandon Tomes Subaru collected canned food products from our staff and customers in the "Stuff the Subaru" Event. Meals on Wheels was delighted to hear of the donations we had collected for them and stated it would be a tremendous help to their clients. We, at Brandon Tomes Subaru, are happy to assist in providing for our community.
Meals on Wheels is an organization that provides meal delivery programs for the elderly and handicapped in our community. Brandon Tomes Subaru recently sponsored their 10th annual Meals on Wheels golf tournament. $60,000 was raised, which will be used to directly fund the Meals on Wheels programs. This year they will be able to provide more than 250,000 meals.
The "Share the Love" Event entered its 7th year for Subaru of America, Inc. in November, 2014. During the "Share the Love" event, for every new vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru donates $250 to the owner's choice of participating charities. Over the first six years of the event, Subaru and our retailers have made a real impact, donating a total of $35 million to a wide range of national charities. The charities chosen by Subaru were Meals on Wheels, ASPCA, National Parks, and the Make a Wish Foundation. Last year was the first year in which retailers were able to select a "Hometown Charity" to receive donations in addition to the national charities. We are proud to have chosen The Samaritan Inn for our hometown charity this year. With the efforts of a great team and our Subaru customers, The Samaritan Inn was presented a check in the total amount of $6,694.00! Kudos to the Brandon Tomes Subaru and a HUGE thank you to all of our Subaru customers who participated in this program! We could not have given back to our community like this without our fabulous customers.
Brandon Tomes Subaru was the exclusive Automobile Dealer for the Krewe of Barkus parade on February 15, 2015 in Historic Downtown McKinney. From Baquettes to beignets, from the fun and food of the French Quarter in New Orleans to pooches in Paris, the 2015 Krewe of Barkus saluted all things French! The McKinney Artistic Krewe of Barkus 2015 called on all four-legged canine friends and their best buddies to share in the excitement for this year's event. The theme this year was A Salute to All Things French, berets and bon bons, the fashion, the food, and the fun. Embarking on its 13th annual successful year, Krewe of Barkus was a howling hoot. In past years, more than 200 dogs participated in the parade alongside more than 4,500 spectators in awe of costumes, creatures and creativity. Patterned after the Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, which was established to help abused and abandoned canines, Krewe of Barkus featured a parade, vendor booths, interactive activities and prizes for costumes. The costume parade was limited to 250 dogs and the event was free and open to the public. This is one of the most popular family friendly community events in Texas and produced by The City of McKinney and the Art Institute of McKinney.
On December 13, 2014 Brandon Tomes Subaru sponsored a pet adoption and was held at our dealership. The ASPCA brought 10 dogs, 3 cats, and a litter trained rabbit. We advertised previously on our social media and via email blasts! The ASPCA also advertised the event on their social media and other sources as well. Five of the ten dogs found furever homes at this event! Thank you ASPCA for helping the helpless!
Brandon Tomes Subaru had the privilege of hosting a pet adoption at our dealership. We had ten dogs, three cats, and a bunny. Five of the ten dogs found forever homes! All Heart Veterinary from Farmersville, Tx was also there giving low cost vaccinations. Customers and others who came to adopt a pet also had the opportunity to spin our Brandon Tomes Subaru spinning wheel to receive a prize. Altogher, it was a fun and successful day!
Recently, Bob and Brandon Tomes and a group of Brandon Tomes Subaru associates volunteered at Meals on Wheels of Collin County as part of the Subaru Share the Love Event. In an effort to keep the promise, no senior goes hungry, shelf meals are delivered to clients in advance of holidays and possible inclement weather days when hot meals may not be delivered. Brandon Tomes Subaru associates assisted in preparing 150 of those shelf meals! The associates also decorated the Meals on Wheels Christmas tree for the volunteers and the staff to enjoy throughout the holiday as well as created festive bags of ornaments that were made and donated by local scout troops which will be included in the holiday meals that will be delivered to the seniors.