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AACF Expanding Storm Response Efforts


The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) is taking immediate action to expand urgent storm response efforts for aftermarket families in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

“We are actively working with SEMA, the Auto Care Association, and others to continue identifying aftermarket families in urgent need, and a number of families have already been provided with urgent funding,” said Bob Hirsch, AACF president,. “We understand that many are still without power and basic supplies, so we’ve also launched a simple application on our website to make it easier for families to apply and receive help using a mobile device.”

AACF has recently allocated $250,000 from its reserve funds, in addition to donations received, to address the needs of families in storm-affected areas, as historic hurricane events and flooding continue in southeast Texas and Florida.

“Aftermarket families are going to need a lot of help,” said Joel Ayres, executive director of AACF. “With tens of thousands displaced, and more than 7 million people currently without power in Florida alone, it’s clear this is going to be a long road of recovery.

“Hurricane Harvey recovery has just begun, Hurricane Irma is still moving through the country, and the progression of hurricane Jose continues. Now more than ever, we humbly ask for the continued support of our industry – donations of any amount are welcome,” Ayres continued. 

“We owe sincere thanks to many organizations that have contributed generously to our mission including SEMA, Auto Care Association, MEMA, National Pronto, XL Parts, and Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group),” he said. “We are deeply grateful for other organizations that have generously donated, arranged fund drives and matching gifts campaigns like CAWA, Auto Care Association, Mighty Auto Parts, XL Parts, Custom Automotive Network (formerly PWA), Engine Performance Warehouse, THE SHOP, Standard Motor Products, Race Winning Brands (RWB) and others.”

Tax-deductible donations to AACF can be made online at http://bit.ly/AACF-Cares, by mail at P.O. Box 864520, Orlando, FL, 32886, or by calling 772-286-5500.

“On behalf of our team,” Ayres said, “our thoughts and prayers are with all those who suffer during this profound time of crisis.”

AACF will provide additional updates on this initiative as they become available.

 For more information, visit aacfi.org.

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