Mazda Gives $1500 in Wish List Items to SAFE Alliance in Austin to Help Families in Crisis

by Kristin Shaw

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When your work gives you the opportunity to give $1500 in wish list items to the local children’s shelter and shop for the goodies with fun friends, it’s a GREAT day.

On December 12, Thrills and Wheels had the honor of leading an event with Austin Mazda dealership Roger Beasley Mazda to help SAFE Alliance. The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.

With the help of local influencers Wendi Aarons, Susanne Kerns, and Jamie Doborek, along with talented and acclaimed photographer Elizabeth McGuire, we picked up two beautiful new Mazda CX-9s for the trip. Chelsea Bancroft from Roger Beasley Automotive joined us, setting up the red and white Santa sleighs – the CX-9s, that is – to transport the gifts to SAFE.

Our event in video (by Susanne Kerns): watch.

Chelsea Bancroft of Roger Beasley Automotive with Michael O’Donohue of SAFE.

Chelsea Bancroft of Roger Beasley Automotive with Michael O’Donohue of SAFE.

A charity close to our hearts, SAFE runs a variety of programs that are critical in our community. The Early Childhood and Teen Parent program, which is a residential program for pregnant and parenting teens in the foster care system with their children, helps families build successful and resilient children through strengthening parents and preserving families. The Strong Start program empowers families through early childhood services and family support. The shelter provides a number of services, including:

  • Parent education to enable parents to increase positive behaviors in children and use appropriate strategies to decrease children’s challenging behaviors.

  • The Children Support Services program, offered within Strong Start’s educational home visiting program, provides families the opportunity for their child (ages 3-5 years old) to participate in 1:1 positive social and emotional development with a Child Support Specialist.

  • Crisis intervention services, which may include immediate crisis assistance, parenting education and support, home and community visits, and more.

  • Mental health services for both children and parents.

  • Support services in addition to parenting classes and counseling by parent support specialists.

Thank you Jamie Kincaid TinsleyRoger Beasley Mazda Austin, and Mazda USA for sending us on this shopping spree to help kids in need in Austin. We are grateful for the chance to make the lives of a few kids a little bit better this holiday season.

Want to see us loading the back of the CX-9 in rapid speed? Check it out here.

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About Roger Beasley Mazda

Roger Beasley Mazda is the #1 Mazda dealership in the Austin area. In 1972 Roger Beasley opened his first car dealership. Roger Beasley Mazda on Burnet Road. In fact, it was one of the first Mazda dealerships in the entire country. Now Roger Beasley Imports includes 3 top tier brands and 7 separate dealerships in and around Austin, Texas. The success and expansion of the Beasley brand can only be attributed to Roger Beasley's consistent belief in his founding principles: take care of the customer no matter what, provide quality products and service, and be an active supporter of the local community.

Read more about the CX-9  here, on Kristin’s site .

Read more about the CX-9 here, on Kristin’s site.

About the Mazda CX-9

Mazda's CX-9 is a 3-row, 7-passenger SUV. The base model starts at $32,280 and is available in four distinct trim lines: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. The top of the line, Signature, starts at $45,365. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are both available for this model, making communication a breeze. In regards to fuel economy, it logs 28 highway miles per gallon (MPG). When the third row is not in use for seating, there is a *lot* of room in the back for road trips… or gifts for kids and families who need them.  

Kristin Shaw