Ford C-Max Delivers in Miami with a Tank of Good
Disclaimer: Ford Provided the Los Tweens team with a C-Max loaner vehicle and a small budget to be spent 100% on charitable donations. All opinions are completely our own.
Just a week before Thanksgiving we were approached by Ford to deliver their “Tank of Good” program with the Ford C-Max in Miami. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding efforts we’ve completed with our tweens to date. For most of us Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy some of our favorite foods surrounded by friends and family cooking and creating together. We know not everyone has such blessings, so providing parents with ideas on how to teach kids early about empathy for others is a priority for our Los Tweens team.
Helping to teach tweens to actually go out of their way to do something for someone else- with NOTHING in return but the knowledge and enjoyment of doing so, was an opportunity we couldn’t resist. Turns out, the lesson may have been as good for the parents as for the kids! While we have worked on food drives before, purchasing the items and directly delivering them prior to enjoying our own family gatherings really was a rewarding experience. For our project we chose two organizations serving families in the South Florida Community. One was a Girl Scout troop who was helping families in a local church community and another was ‘Big Mama’s” team at Team of Life in Ft. Lauderdale.
For both opportunities we had the tweens do most of the work. They selected the foods at a local store- making sure to watch for prices that would yield the most results for our limited budget. We also researched what foods were needed most by each charity. Turns out that the group led by Big Mama had a shortage of ‘protein.’ So we used all of the funds on whole turkeys and turkey breasts – delivering them by Tuesday so they could be distributed to families in time for Thanksgiving. Our Girl Scout troop needed more baby food and canned vegetables so we focused efforts and funds on those items.
All of the activities were conducted using the new C-Max hybrid family vehicle. The kids (and parents) LOVED the environmental angle of the car with a particular interest in the ‘electric charging’ equipment. Their generation surely will be the purchasers of such vehicles in mass numbers. As parents we can inspire our future by looking at vehicle choices that have a positive environmental impact while still delivering on the storage, space and style we need. We enjoyed driving the C-Max for a whole week and on Black Friday it was a breeze to park at the mall! The engine is so quiet I didn’t know when it was on most of the time. And guess how much gas did we use? A quarter tank?! Check out the C-Max Hybrid at a Ford dealer near you.
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.