Because of the food bank’s contribution to the community, and the increase in animal collision repairs each November, Northwest Autobody and Towing is continuing its annual tradition of donating $50 from each such repair done throughout the month.
“We started this in 2016, and since 2016 we have donated a grand total of $5,200,” said Eric Donenfeld, who co-owns Northwest Autobody with his brother, Cory Donenfeld. “... This is to not just bring a lot of awareness to the food bank, because that is a lot of what we are trying to accomplish, but the other part of it is to bring awareness that in the month of November, there are more animal accidents than any other month — we want to bring awareness to safety as well.”
This year, 29 vehicles were repaired, totaling $1,450 to help the hungry, which is, coincidentally, the same number as last year. Also, coincidentally, Northwest Autobody repaired 23 cars each year in 2016 and 2017 for two donations of $1,150 to the food bank.
“They are helping to feed a lot of people at the Bonner Community Food Bank, and we really appreciate that,” said Carol Warren, vice president of the food bank board.
“We have seen an increase in need, and with Northwest Autobody making this an annual contribution, it is very appreciated and helpful,” added Debbie Love, food bank executive director. “They have been wonderful to work with every year.”
Moreover, this year, Northwest Autobody donated $150 to the Community Action Partnership food bank in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and $50 to the Libby Food Pantry as part of their promise to donate to the community from where the claim originated.
While food donations are always appreciated, monetary donations are preferred by food banks, Eric Donenfeld said, because with their buying power, they can stretch each dollar much further than the ordinary citizen.