FLINT — When the impact of COVID-19 began to take hold of the Genesee County community, the team at Shea Automotive Group wanted to do something to help.
“Everybody was uneasy,” said Shea Automotive owner Stacy Shea Fields. “We decided we’re going to do something positive.”
The weekend of March 21 the team got to work packing gift bags for children in the community. Filled with crayons, coloring books, lip balm and more, plus snack items like mac-n-cheese, crackers, fruits snacks and juice, the bags are designed to provide a distraction and a little fun for area children.
The team stuffed about 500 bags during the weekend, developing an assembly line of sorts in the dealership to follow social distancing recommendations. Fields said the team at Shea had a great time filling the bags, plus it provided an awesome way to get every single department involved in something they could be proud of.
The original plan was for each department to take a shift and distribute the bags to area children through a driveup service at the dealership. When word came from the Governor’s office on Monday, March 23 that only the dealership’s service department could remain open, the team quickly changed course.
“We decided that we would deliver them,” said Fields.
Fields and McKenzie Miller, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Shea Automotive Group, took the bags to organizations that could get them into the hands of kids right away. Bags were delivered to Voices for Children Child Advocacy Center, Whaley Children’s Center, Snuggle Sacks and Fenton Center of Hope. Fields and Miller made a few deliveries to people’s homes, and Shea team members with small children were given bags too.
While the team at Shea purchased most of the items in the bags, some of their community partners including Hurley Medical Center, Financial Plus Credit Union, area real estate agent Nykole Pfaff and more also contributed. In fact, Shea sales professional Theo Deming even created a special coloring sheet for the bags.
Fields said ultimately, she and her team will do anything to lift people up in these uncertain times.
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