It’s the holiday season, and Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is excited to participate again in this year’s gift giving programs for the Salvation Army.
“One of the organizations that we do like supporting throughout the year, but especially at this time of year, is the Salvation Army,” said Steve’s Auto owner ST Billingsley.
Billingsley put together stockings full of small gifts for children, which the Salvation Army will provide to children from five to twelve years old.
“Another program which is very good is, and is still a very big need right now, is the Angel Tree. The kids there are already vetted through the Salvation Army – they’re definitely kids and families in need in Prince William County,” said Billingsley.
For the Angel Tree program, the Salvation Army collects holiday gift requests from children in need, and places them on anonymous tags, that donors can pick up and use to fulfill the requests.
In 2016, the Salvation Army helped more than 6,000 families – roughly 14,000 children – in Washington, D.C. Metro area with the Angel Tree Program.
According to Billingsley, individuals can pick up the gift tags at Potomac Mills Mall and the Manassas Mall.
Steve’s owner ST Billingsley also serves on the NOVA Advisory Committee as a representative of the automotive industry.
“We get donations wherever we can, so we can have a variety of automobiles to teach our automotive students. In our classes, they’re set up as 50% lecture and 50% hands on. So with this, students that are working in Honda dealerships can actually do their hands on training,” said Phares.
According to Phares, NOVA offers certificate and degree programs for indiivduals that want to work in the automotive industry.
“Right now there’s a huge shortage of automotive technicians in the field and I try to encourage students to go on and finish a two year degree,” said Phares.
Each year, Scouts from all over the Occoquan district compete in the Pinewood Derby, racing cars that they’ve made with their units.
Around 50 Scouts and troop leaders gathered at Steve’s over the weekend to create their derby cars.
“It was about helping the kids get their cars cut out, using the tools we provided. The Cub Scout Pack Leaders came in and worked with the kids to get the cars cut out,” said Steve’s owner Scott Whitling.
Steve’s purchased equipment to help the Scouts make their cars and opened up the shop on the weekend to give them space for the project.
Steve’s hopes to help more Scout units with their Pinewood Derby cars
“I like it. What was cool was how the kids and parents appreciated us providing this for them. Because they actually came looking for me when they finished, to thank us for helping them out,” said Whitling.
At the end of the day, all of the Scouts came together to clean up the shop and took on leadership roles.
Steve’s plans on doing this again for the Boy Scouts and hopes they can help other units.