By Tracy L. Teuscher, APR
|Aftermarket families in need are asked to complete the simple application on the AACF website.|
The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) remains the only national nonprofit dedicated to helping aftermarket employees meet vital needs when catastrophe strikes, and they’ve been doing it since 1959. Whether accident, illness, death of a loved one or natural disaster like hurricane, flood or fire, AACF steps in to help, and can often distribute emergency grant funding to those in need within 48 hours.
For example, in 2015, Jackie Mathison was diagnosed with verrucous carcinoma, a locally invasive variant of squamous cell carcinoma. Because her condition was undiagnosed and incorrectly treated for five years. She had to undergo a partial amputation of her foot, and later, the amputation of her leg below the knee.
After exhausting her life savings and a GoFundMe fundraiser launched by a friend, AACF helped cover expenses for everything Jackie could no longer afford.
When asked what she would say to an aftermarket company considering supporting AACF, Jackie replied, “I would tell them that everyone comes from different walks of life. Some of us have had more struggles in life than others. Not everyone has savings or family members that can help. Every aftermarket company should make a donation to AACF if they can. The help AACF provided gave me peace of mind and so much more, and I’m so grateful."
Give today or get involved at www.aacfi.org/donate.