- Model Meet and Greet with Super Street models Melyssa Grace, Claudia Alan, and Janey B
- Water and supplies sent through LBC Packaging
- Southern California FR-S Communities gather at Longo Scion
- Raised over $3,000 in three hours
All too often you'll see a negative post on Facebook or Twitter about a person's loss of faith in humanity. As many know the Philippines was devastated by typhoon Haiyan in early November. The deadly cyclone claimed over 5,000 lives and left even more homeless. Ironically, it's tragedies like this that restore faith in humanity through the generosity of others. For the tuner community, it's no different. Since Haiyan there has been numerous charity car meets with the sole purpose of collecting money, water and other goods to aid the tragedy.
Drifter and Super Street model Melyssa Grace kindly hosted a charity drive at Vapeciti in Fullerton and 5 & a Dime in San Diego, CA. Alongside her friends Claudia Alan, Michelle Yee, Janey B. and Chaba, she was able to send an enormous care package through LBC Packaging who are waiving shipping fees to the Philippines.
"The charity drive went really well! I couldn't have expected a better showing of support for the Touch of Grace foundation. Not only did people come for the model meet and greet, but people really wanted to help out and provide relief to Typhoon Haiyan victims," says Claudia Alan. "Helping others in need is something that has always been close to my heart. It's something that comes naturally. I always put myself in other's shoes and try to be as empathetic as possible. Being that Typhoon Haiyan was so tragic and devastating to the Philippines, I can't imagine having not helped in some way. Natural disasters and tragedies happen every day and you just don't know when you or someone you know might be in the same situation."
"I always love to give back whenever possible. I'm a strong believer in sharing your blessings with others in need. So when my friend Melyssa asked me to help her foundation, it was a no-brainer," says Super Street model Janey B. "I wanted to do whatever was needed to make sure we could rally as many good as possible for her upcoming Philippines aid trip. Being tied to this cause through my heritage was even more reason to become actively involved. It's always heartwarming to see anyone donate, no matter what the size may be. A little goes a long way. The fact that we were able to inspire some of the SD community members to drop by and give back is a success in itself."
"I believe in the Touch of Grace Foundation that Melyssa started and I look up to her for doing something beyond the scope of just something for herself. I believe that every small effort counts towards a large one. Even a small donation like a can of food could help one child make it to the next day. Being a supporter of orphans in PI myself I can relate with Melyssa's desire to make a difference. Not only was I proud to be a part of her events, but I support her and her foundation," says model Michelle Yee.
Another charity drive gathered different Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ communities from Southern California at Longo Scion in El Monte, CA. Donations were collected by three separate tiers for raffle prizes. A $10 donation got you a raffle ticket for a prize worth $30-40. A $25 donation offered a chance at a $100-$454 prize, and a $50 donation afforded a raffle ticket within the $899-$1,499 prize range.
Prizes included products from Beat-Sonic, AEM, RS*R, Meguiars, and a complete OEM Audio system grand prize. Additionally, the FRS 86 crew sold an exclusive sticker designed with the Philippines flag, which can still be bought at www.frs86.com.
LTMW brought out its sick Vortech supercharged Subaru BRZ with full Rocket Bunny Version 2 kit. While it was hosted by FR-S/BRZ communities the meet was open to all makes and models. Even though the meet was only about three hours they managed to raise a little over $3,000.
"It was an excellent turn out. A great number of people as well as quality cars came out from all around to show their support. Everyone had fun hanging out, donating, and winning prizes," says Meng Tea from FRS 86. "My favorite car of the night was probably the Rocket Bunny V2 Subaru BRZ built by LTMW. We received an immense amount of clothing and money donations to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan and enjoyed doing so."
It's the season of giving and these people are not only giving materials or money, they are giving love and hope to all the people who were affected. A natural disaster like this can't be fixed within a couple months - it's going to take years to recover from it. There's a saying in Filipino "Sarap Buhay," which means the good life. Let's make sure that the people in the affected areas get one.