The automotive aftermarket has a reputation for giving often to communities across Canada, but when one of its own needs a helping hand, it doesn’t hesitate to dig deep.
Aftermarket veteran Jason Miller has discovered this in undeniable fashion.
Miller has made many connections in the aftermarket over the last two decades, from working as a sales rep for Goodyear, as a service manager in Ancaster, Ont., and, for the last five years, holding positions at NAPA Auto Parts Ontario.
The connections he built over those years would come through for him on April 27, after he received a phone call that would change his life:
“You need to come home. Your house is on fire.”
Terrified, and sick with anxiety Jason rushed down his street in Burlington, Ont., to find the family home that he shares with his wife Ashley, son Brayden (3), daughter Alecey (6 mo.) and their cat, engulfed in flames.
Thankfully, his worst fear was avoided. No one was injured in the fire, even their cat was rescued by the Burlington fire department.
The fire, smoke and water damage are extensive. All their belongings were destroyed. Armed with only the clothes on their backs, full of uncertainty, Jason and Ashley packed up their two small children and moved into a temporary home while they try to make sense of their future.
As if a house fire is not stressful enough, only six weeks ago their Burlington home was sold. With the closing date only a few weeks away, their plans to move into the dream home they purchased in Trenton are all up in the air. Faced with legal issues, insurance hurdles, and a temporary housing situation, uncertainty about their future home in Trenton, they are struggling to pick up the pieces.
Immediately, his colleagues stepped up to the plate with donations of clothes, food, toys and gift cards. As the word spread across Jason’s network, A Go Fund Me page was set up last in their name, and within 24 hours the goal of $10,000 was achieved.
From all across the industry: salespeople, store employees, shop owners, did not hesitate to donate to the Millers. They are blown away by how quickly his industry family rallied together to help them get back on their feet.
They are also continuing to accept donations of childrens’ clothing (boys size 4-5, 9+ month infant), toys, food, gift cards.