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Give Back for the Holidays with Sanderson Ford’s Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive

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Help Sanderson Ford give back this Christmas!

Christmas is a time of giving, so Sanderson Ford is joining forces with ABC15 and Sanderson Lincoln to give to local people in need. The Fifteenth Annual Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive is being held to collect donations for the area’s children’s charities, while also giving one lucky grand prize winner the chance to win a new 2016 Ford F-150 SuperCrew truck or Lincoln MKZ.

Those interested in donating to the Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive can help Sanderson Ford’s cause by bringing a new unwrapped toy, children’s clothing items, packaged food items, or a monetary donation. These items can be brought to either ABC15, Sanderson Ford, Sanderson Lincoln, and the UPS Store location nearest you from November 17th to December 20th.

Donors will receive one entry slip to earn the chance of winning a new Ford F-150 or Lincoln MKZ for each accepted donated item. Participants who make a monetary donation will receive one slip for every $5 donation.

Each of these donations will go towards lending a helping hand to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc., The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, and Military Assistance Mission. Spread the joy of the holidays by participating in the Fifteenth Annual Operation Santa Claus Charity Drive, and give back this year.

Ford Contributes $400,000 in Scholarships for High School Seniors

Ford has always believed in giving back, and this past January the automaker gave back in a big way to teens in North Texas.

Ford Motor Company, along with North Texas Ford dealerships, gave $400,000 in scholarships to area high school students to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. So far, Ford has donated over $2 million in total to education, benefiting over 14,000 students in North Texas alone. Recipients of this latest round of scholarships will be recognized at the Ford Driving Dreams event in May 2016.

From the $400,000 in scholarships, individual students will receive $2,000 after applying and writing an essay answering the question, “What Drives Your Dream?”

Ford Motor Company invests over $8 million annually to education around the country. Alongside the Ford Driving Dreams program, students can benefit from a variety of other nationwide Ford academic programs, like Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, and Ford STEAM Lab.

Giving back is just another thing that Ford believes you should “Go Further” in.

$400,000 in scholarships

HALO Animal Shelter Drive Going on at Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford is doing an animal shelter drive with HALO (Helping Animals Live On) animal shelter!  Whether you own pets or not, this is always a great thing to do for animals in shelters in our community.

We will be collecting toys for both dogs and cats through September 16th at the dealership.  The following are just a few of the items we will be collecting to help local area animals.

  • Towels and rags
  • Cat litter pans
  • Ceramic cat bowls
  • Dog collars nylon tuff adjustable 8-12 inch or 10-14 inch
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Break-away cat collars, any size
  • Comfort Zone Plug In for dogs and cats
  • Cat/small dog fleece bed
  • Newspaper

Check out the comprehensive list for more supplies that are needed!

Want to help more than just giving a donation?  Have you ever thought about adopting?  There are so many dogs and cats in shelters all over the country that are looking for loving homes, so if it is something you have been thinking about, contact HALO for more information on animal adoption!

HALO Animal Shelter

Sanderson Ford Helps Collect Water for the Salvation Army

As you might remember, we teamed up with 11 other Ford dealerships and Big Surf Waterpark to help collect water for the Salvation Army in order to support the Extreme Heat Hydration Program.  As a result, more than 40,500 bottles of water were collected at the various Ford dealerships around the area.

“The Salvation Army is grateful to the Metro Phoenix Ford dealers for their support of our Hydrate Arizona campaign.  As temperatures continue to rise, clean drinking water becomes a life and death issue.  Thanks to the partnership with Ford Motor Company, we are able to provide relief to hundreds of men and women exposed to extreme conditions,” said Major John Brackenbury of the Salvation Army.

Sanderson Ford collected more bottles of water than any other Ford dealership in the area with a grand total of 18,000 bottles.

“This is our second year hosting a bottled water drive in conjunction with Big Surf and the Salvation Army and we exceeded last year’s total by more than 9,000 bottles,” said Steve Papanikolas, the Phoenix Regional Manager for Ford.

We are so proud of the amount of bottles of water we were able to collect for the Salvation Army and we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that donated and helped to make this possible!

collect water for the Salvation Army

Ford Helps Deliver Food Around New York City

There are many organizations throughout the United States that help those that are less fortunate.  These philanthropic organizations do great things for individuals in need.  One such organization, located in New York City, has teamed up with Ford to deliver food to those that are too sick to shop or cook food for themselves.  The organization, known as God’s Love We Deliver, prepares and delivers over 5,000 meals every weekday.  Ford helps deliver the food through the company’s use of their fleet of the Ford Econoline vans and a Ford Transit Connect Mobile Food Pantry.

David Ludwigson, the chief development officer of God’s Love We Deliver, said “We’re the end of the road, the final safety net for our clients.  Without us they would not have food, and without organizations like Ford, we couldn’t do what we do.”

These services are provided for free and they are just not any type of free meals.  The organization has a team of dietitians who work to provide meals that are tailored to the medical needs of each client.

We think organizations like these do amazing things!  If you are looking to start up something like this yourself, or already have an organization going but need some form of transportation, then visit us at Sanderson Ford!  We have a great selection of both Ford Econoline vans and Ford Transit Connects!

Ford helps deliver

Sanderson Ford Surprises Veteran with a New Car

2014 Ford TaurusJust two weeks ago, on Super Bowl Sunday, George Bruck had his 1996 Ford Taurus stolen from a gas station while he was inside, including all of his belongings that were left in the vehicle.  The 80-year-old Korean War veteran still needed a car to get around to his doctor’s appointments, running errands, and so on.  On his very limited budget he was forced to rent a car so he could go on living his everyday life.

At Sanderson Ford, we got wind of his predicament and wanted to do anything we could to help.  Giving back to the community is a top priority for us and what better way than to help a veteran, someone who has given more to this country than we could possibly imagine?

We surprised Bruck with a 2003 Mercury Sable that had less than 50,000 miles on it, this past Friday.  Just to see the look on his face and to know that we helped a veteran in need was more than enough for us.  Check out the ABC 15 news report below!

Win Passes for WM Phoenix Open at Sanderson Ford

WM Phoenix Open

WM Phoenix Open Hey golf fans! Interested in two club member passes for the WM Phoenix Open on Saturday, February 1st? Well, it’s your lucky month! This January, swing by Sanderson Ford’s Glendale, AZ dealership. The first 100 people to take a test drive of a new Ford car or sink a put within two tries will win a sleeve of Titlelist golf balls AND be entered to win 2 tickets to the WM Phoenix Open. Oh, and he winner will receive $100 spending money as well.

The 2014 WM Waste Management Phoenix Open will take place from January 27th– February 2nd at TPC Scottsdale. Known as “The Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass,” The WM Phoenix Open is famous for being the best-attended golf tournament in the world, gaining legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA tour each year.

Two club member passes to this year’s open could be yours! Just swing by Sanderson Ford this January and take a test drive of any of our new models including the hefty F-150, head-turning Mustang, reliable Focus, or any other all-new 2014 models!

Give us a call or swing by if you have any other questions!

Sanderson Ford Holds Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive Nowadays, you don’t have to don a cape and leap over tall buildings to be considered a hero—all you have to do is give some blood. With three lives saved with a single blood donation, saving others has become as simple as the prick of a needle and a few squeezes of a stress ball.

To bring in the New Year and help save lives of people across the country, Sanderson Ford will open our doors for an American Red Cross Blood Drive on January 9. Participants will even receive a generous thank you for participating in the form of two free tickets to Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and a $25 Gift Card to any Phoenix Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center.

So come make a difference in somebody’s life and be the hero you’ve always wanted to be. Stop by and donate blood on January 9th in the showroom at Sanderson Ford and sign up today to secure your spot!

Randy Houser Concert and Ugly Sweater Party Benefit Operation Santa Claus

Randy Houser Concert

Randy Houser Concert We hope you haven’t made plans yet for this Thursday night, Dec. 12, around nine. If you have, they better include dressing up in an ugly Christmas sweater and coming out to the Randy Houser concert at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. We’re warning you: You don’t want to miss this exciting night and the opportunity to benefit Operation Santa Claus.

Tickets are just $25 for entrance to the concert and Ben and Matt’s “Ugly Holiday Sweater Party” presented by KNIX 102.5. Part of the night’s proceeds will benefit the 12th annual Operation Santa Claus.

In case you’re just tuning in to our blog, Operation Santa Claus is a fundraising event that benefits the kids and families in our Valley community during the Christmas season. Until December 19, Sanderson Ford, Sanderson Lincoln, ABC15 and various UPS locations will be collecting toy, children’s clothing, food and financial donations.

Those donations will be disbursed among St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc, Military Assistance Mission and The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center.

The second annual Claus-A-Thon, presented by ABC15, raised $376,613 on Dec. 3.

Really, with everything going on at Toby Keith’s, where else would you be on Thursday night?

Arizona Hosting Ford Teen Driver Training Program

Attention teen drivers and parents! Ford is offering a FREE program to newly-licensed teen drivers this Wednesday and Thursday, November 6th and 7th. The Ford Driving Skills for Life program works with the Governors Highway Safety Administration and a panel of safety experts to help teenagers learn the importance of safe driving at their age.

Chandler, AZ is lucky enough to have the Ford Driving Skills for Life program come to us! Sessions will include specially-equipped vehicles that teens will drive on road courses under the supervision of professional instructors to help them build important driving skills including:

  • Hazard recognition
  • Vehicle handling
  • Space management
  • Speed management

Ford will be hosting two training sessions each day at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on South Maricopa Rd. Session 1 will take place from 7:30AM – 12:30PM and Session 2 is scheduled from 1:00PM- 5:30PM. Both sessions will be available on Wednesday the 6th and Thursday the 7th.

For more information and registration info, visit We hope to see you there!

Ford Driving Skills for Life

Ford Driving Skills for Life program available for new teen drivers this week in Chandler, AZ

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