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Subaru’s ‘Share the Love’ donation brings surprises, smiles to local nonprofit

April 16th, 2020

Alaska’s Stone Soup Group has been chosen as this year’s local Subaru Share the Love recipient.

The event allows local dealerships within the Continental Auto Group to choose a hometown charity. Since 2014, more than $250,000 have been donated locally to charities such as Alaska Children’s Trust, Clare House and the Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis (AWAIC), according to a release.

Stone Soup Group provides information, support, training and resources to help Alaskan families and caregivers provide the best possible care for children with special needs.

“We are very proud to be able to support our community in a truly meaningful way,” wrote Derek Adolf, co-principal owner of Continental Auto Group in a prepared statement.

This year’s Share the Love donation turned out to be one of the largest given to a local nonprofit in the last six years. Megan Kelley, the communications and outreach manager for Stone Soup Group, says when the nonprofit heard it was selected, she and her team started doing their homework.

“We had seen what past charities had received, and we were kind of budgeting for that,” Kelley said.

Wednesday, via a virtual ceremony, the Stone Soup Group was presented with more than $15,000 more than the $30,000 target they were planning for. Continental Subaru supplied a check for $42,494 and Credit Union 1 kicked in an additional $5,000, raising the total amount to $47,494.

“This will really help right now during this time, because we still need to reach out to families,” Kelley said. “It can help with our assisted technology, our technology to reach out to them and have our navigators be able to communicate with families, which is really, really important during this time.”

Kelley says they are also looking for someone in its Bethel-Kotzebue region to be a parent navigator. This is someone who helps families get the services they need. More information on the Stone Soup Group is available here.