Best Buy Tire Pros & Automotive Service works with Cleveland drivers to keep cars and light trucks running smoothly. Often, that means setting vehicles up with a new set of tires or performing a quick oil change, so that drivers can get back on the road and on track with their daily lives. When getting back on track means a little more than a new set of tires, Best Buy Tire Pros also works to serve a different kind of driver with a very different kind of vehicle. Like many other elite, independent tire dealers a part of the Tire Pros family Best Buy Tire Pros is invested and committed to its community. Specifically, the veteran community.
Depending on their injuries, wounded veterans may struggle with mobility, making everyday activities extremely difficult. While they may have access to a basic wheelchair or prosthetic limb, they still experience many physical and emotional limitations and being limited in doing the things they love
Through a new fundraising campaign called “Allies for Independence,”, Best Buy Tire Pros and more than 730 other Tire Pros stores nationwide are working together to raise money and awareness for The Independence Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering severely injured veterans and their caregivers take control of their lives. They are on a mission to
mobilize by giving away all-terrain mobility devices, typically around $16,000 per device. Funds raised are directly helping injured veterans regain their independence and experience activities they have otherwise been unable to enjoy, like playing outside with their children, exploring the great outdoors, or participate in community activities.
“Many of the veterans we’re trying to help fought bravely for our freedom in service but lack their own independence back on the home front,” said Doug Novosel, co-owner of Best Buy Tire Pros. “To give them back that independence, our team wants to do what it does best, which is to make sure that they have a set of wheels that runs smoothly.”
So far in 2016, Tire Pros has raised more than $75,000for the Independence Fund and has delivered 8 all-terrain mobility devices at special events including at a New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Galaxy home games. In February, Tire Pros delivered a custom-designed Ally Segway mobility device to Corporal Kevin Trimble, who lost his arm and both legs below the knee in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan months into his first deployment. He is now able to do the things he loves like building racecars and shooting at the range.
Support from the Cleveland area will come from Best Buy Tire Pros, where enthusiasm for the program runs as rampant as the cars run smoothly. By working with Tire Pros’ network of local dealers, the Independence Fund and the Allies for Independence campaign can raise national awareness on a local, community-by-community level. When wounded veterans may struggle for independence, these independent businesses are there to help.