Classic of Denton Holiday Fundraiser Spreads Joy to Hundreds of Local Families

Classic of Denton Holiday Fundraiser Spreads Joy to Hundreds of Local Families

Classic of Denton Holiday Fundraiser
Spreads Joy to Hundreds of Local Families


Giving back to the community is a year-long practice at Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Classic Mazda of Denton. But during the Christmas season, it has become a dealership-wide tradition to adopt as many needy Denton-area families as possible. From the time that Classic of Denton opened over a decade ago, the dealership employees have sponsored local families with gifts and food to help make their holiday season bright and filled with love. Explains owner Richard Allen, “Our goal is to adopt more families every year. We know that our success as a business hinges on our local community, so giving back to that community is extremely important to us throughout the year and especially during the holidays.”

This year, Classic of Denton adopted 119 children that are homeless yet attend school in the Denton Independent School District, and provided 330 learning cards to the Gonzalez School in Denton. Classic also adopted 134 children for the Friends of the Family Denton organization, which gives assistance to mothers and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization adopted 56 children of Giving Hope, Inc., which is a Denton-based organization that assists individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing financial aid, assistance with housing, job training, transportation, childcare, and basic necessities.

Classic of Denton’s giving campaign didn’t stop there as it adopted 24 children for Lake Cities Church and 21 children and six mothers through Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home, which has a proud history of offering healing and hope to vulnerable children, teens, and families. It also donated sheets, gift cards, backpacks, and hoodies to the Monsignor King Outreach Center of Denton. The outreach center opens on December 24 every year for the homeless and is also open anytime the temperature outside is above 80 degrees or below 38 degrees. Our Daily Bread, which provides nutritious meals, special services, and referrals for other services to those in need, received a cash donation of $3,000 along with prepaid gift
cards – all courtesy of Classic of Denton.

Through the efforts of the Classic of Denton employees, customers, and vendors, over $40,000 was collected. The Friday before Christmas, all Classic managers contributed $2,100 as a gift to Crosstimbers Church, on behalf of owner Richard Allen. Mr. Allen then matched a check for $2,100 for a total of $4,200 to Crosstimbers Church. Last, but certainly not least, Classic donated $3,000 to the Bedtime Rescue Program, which was founded in December 2012 through Cloud 9 Charities. The program was created to provide temporary housing for homeless families in our community to help get the back on their feet and make long-term plans for a successful future.

The tradition of a holiday fundraiser goes back to 2004 when Richard Allen bought the dealership. General Manager Rick Wick and Customer Relations Manager Lessa Popham spearhead the campaign every year and go out of their way to ensure everything runs as seamless as possible. “The spirit of giving back is definitely infectious throughout our entire dealership staff,” Rick Wick said. “Our employees are determined to set the goals higher every year and challenge themselves to make the biggest impact we can for those in need right here in Denton.”

story & photo provided by Classic of Denton

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