This year, we started an initiative to help independent businesses who have – volunteered their time and/or resources, have donated to causes, or participated in a fundraising event – give back to their communities.
Once per quarter, we randomly select a small business, which has been featured in our “Indie Acts of Kindness” blog series, and give them $1,000 to donate to a local charity or organization, in their name. We call it the “Indie Acts of Kindness Cash Mob.”
On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, an oversized check for $1,000 was delivered to Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham by Tony Viviano, the owner of Sterling Heights Dodge.
The donation will be used to purchase additional NARCAN kits for use by the Sheriff’s Road Patrol. NARCAN (Naloxone) is an opiod-antagonist and, if administered in a timely manner, can reverse the effects of certain narcotics. The Sheriff’s Office began to administer NARCAN kits to its deputies in May of 2015. In 2015, the deputies used the drugs to save the lives of 14 people who had overdosed. Thus far in 2016, the deputies have used the drug on 18 occasions. NARCAN kits cost $45.00 apiece.
Sterling Heights Dodge was originally profiled on our blog page in 2015, because of their involvement and support for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department. View the blog, here.
If you’d like to be featured in our “Indie Acts of Kindness” blog series, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the business name and a short description about the charity, event, or initiative.