Tue, October 06, 2015
Reed Nissan and the newly opened Reed Nissan Clermont teamed up to donate two cars to young adults served by Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF) in the dealership’s first-ever Cars For Kids giveaway. Jasmine, 19, and Bernard, 24, were surprised by the gift of 2015 Nissan Sentras.
“We’re extremely grateful to Reed Nissan and Reed Nissan Clermont for this generous donation,” said Glen Casel, president and CEO of Community Based Care of Central Florida, the lead agency overseeing foster care and adoption in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. “Our goal is to help the children and young adults we serve prepare for success in all stages of life. A big part of that is achieving self-sufficiency. Being able to drive to school and work will get them on the right track toward brighter futures.”
Jasmine is a former foster youth and currently in CBCCF’s Independent Living program, which teaches her important life skills as she transitions into adulthood. Bernard is a single father and a former foster youth who receives guidance from a CBCCF mentor. He works two jobs and attends college, but has difficulty getting around without a car.
When Aaron Hill, managing partner of Reed Nissan and Reed Nissan Clermont learned Jasmine and Bernard’s stories, he knew he had to lend a hand. For the past month, the dealerships have loaned a car to Bernard, but knew they could provide a more permanent solution.
“As business leaders and mentors in our community, it is imperative that we do our part to care for the children who grow into adults with the assistance of Community Based Care of Central Florida,” said Hill, who is also a CBCCF mentor. “Jasmine and Bernard were struggling without transportation. By giving these young adults cars, we’re helping to break down some of the barriers they face.”
The dealerships plan to continue helping the children and young adults served by CBCCF, but exact plans have not yet been determined.