May 03, 2021 Jacksonville Non-Profit Kim’s Open Door Receives Refurbished Sprinter Van
This past Friday, employees from MBUSA and the Southern Region Office with assistance from the Mercedes-Benz of Jacksonville dealership, delivered a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Van to Kim’s Open Door, an area non-profit whose volunteers serve the city’s at-risk children by providing them with access to mentorship, educational assistance, the arts and local community events. The newly acquired Sprinter Passenger Van will help the organization distribute meals to families battling food insecurity as well as double its capacity to transport children in the community, many of whom are recently settled refugees, to and from activities.
“We are thankful for Mercedes-Benz USA and their employees whose continued support has helped us provide nutrition along with education and the arts for hundreds of underserved children and families in Jacksonville,” said Kim Bogart, founder of Kim’s Open Door. “Kids need our services now more than ever and this new-to-us Sprinter van will enable our team to increase the number of families we serve.”
Kim’s Open Door acquired the pre-owned Sprinter with financial assistance from MBUSA to offset any associated costs. Together with Mercedes-Benz of Jacksonville, employees from the Southern Region Office and the Mercedes-Benz Vans team worked to pinpoint the most suitable vehicle to buy. From there, the Sprinter was shipped to MBUSA where a team of Jacksonville-based engineers and technicians donated more than 300 hours of their personal time to refurbish the vehicle to an optimal mechanical condition. Employees at Mercedes-Benz of Jacksonville also donated their time and resources to repair damage to the van’s body.
MBUSA is also donating 100 meals per week to Kim’s Open Door during the 2020-2021 school year to help combat hunger among students participating in the organization’s reading program and their siblings at home.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this donation possible.