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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

He can be reached at era39@aol.com.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 14:02

Helping Others is Contagious, and You Don’t Need to Wear a Mask

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Ed Attanasio is now the publicist at Oscar’s Place, a donkey sanctuary in Hopland, CA. Ed Attanasio is now the publicist at Oscar’s Place, a donkey sanctuary in Hopland, CA.

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...he changed his mind, and now the shop gives away two or three vehicles every year.

 

When people see others helping those in need, it creates a ripple effect, and pretty soon it takes on a life of its own.

 

Helping people is infectious and there’s no vaccine for it. Once it gets in your blood, you’re hooked. I don’t often remember famous quotes, but for some reason this one from Muhammad Ali stuck with me: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

 

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Attansio started Amazing Groceries several years ago, in which he walks up to people at grocery stores and pays their bills.

When I began witnessing these Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs) with body shops stepping up to help others, it made a strong impression on me. My first thought was how can I give back? I’m not rich, so donating money is not an option. So, I began looking around for things that I could do as a writer and an artist.

 

I have been to countless car giveaways over the years and every time I cry. I am a crier, what can I say?

 

One of the first ones I attended took place in 2007 in Northern California’s East Bay, when Mike’s Auto Body gave five cars to deserving families during the holidays. Eventually, they asked me to be their Santa Claus at their annual presentations, and of course, I was happy to oblige. This month, Mike’s Auto Body will be giving away its 100th vehicle as part of its 21-year Benevolence Program.

 

Over the years, I’ve interviewed a lot of people in the collision repair industry who are well-known for their charitable efforts.

 

Jimmy Lefler, the owner of Lefler Collision and Glass, embarked more than a decade ago on an amazing journey to help people in Myanmar, formerly Burma.

 

Lefler, his family and some of his crew work closely with an organization, Uncharted International, that has 12 orphanages with more than 600 orphans in Myanmar. He established a home for elderly widows, a human trafficking recovery center and...