London, Ontario — December 15, 2017 — Those warm holiday feelings we all know and love are hitting the streets and entering our homes. Unfortunately, many families don’t have the means to celebrate the holidays with food and gifts. Paul and John Pritiko, owners of Burwell Auto Body in London, Ontario, are helping remedy this.
Earlier this winter, the Pritiko brothers took it upon themselves to set a challenge for the partners they work with: give something back to the community. Their partners simply had to agree to donate, and the brothers took care of spearheading transportation, organization, etc. “The responses of our partners was beyond anything we ever imagined,” commented Paul Pritiko.
Donations received filled eight pick-up trucks and two very full vans, about 3,500 kilograms of food and diapers, which the Pritikos and a number of volunteers brought to the London Food Bank. “It was a great feeling for all of us,” said Paul Pritiko. “We do this for the families—at Christmas it’s all about family.”
During the ride to drop the donations off at the food bank, one of the pick-up trucks turned a little too quickly and several cans fell onto the highway. This stopped traffic as the driver got out to pick up the dropped cans. What was an initially stressful situation turned around very quickly as at least 15 people exited their cars to help. “The Christmas spirit really came out then,” commented Paul Pritiko.
Donors included Steve Poulton, of C-MAX, Pritiko, Bob Wells of BMW London, Emma Jacques of Harry’s Springs, Darin Baker of Glencoe Auto Body, Greg Gliszczynski of Porsche of London, Kevin Jacques of Harry’s Spring Service, Rodney Day of Lexus of London, Cheriss Marson of Lexus and Toyotatown, and Dale Tario of Glencoe Auto Body. London Honda and Axalta Paints also helped with the drive.
Next year, Burwell Auto Body wants to double the donations. For more information, please visit burwellautobody.ca.