This year’s 2020 Mazda Heroes Program recognized 50 frontline workers across America for their extraordinary work.
As part of the company’s 100th anniversary, Mazda announced in October it would gift fifty new MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition models. Mazda said, each car would be given to an individual who “tirelessly dedicated themselves to their communities throughout 2020” through “selfless acts, creative thinking and contributions to community.”
Mazda North America President, Jeff Guyton, said, “This year has been full of challenges and we wanted to lean into our brand’s heritage of finding innovative ways to brighten people’s lives.”
After reviewing more than a thousand inspiring nominations from across the nation, which embody the car company’s value of “omotenashi”—putting others needs first, they selected 50 heroes, including three from New York City, who recently picked their new cars up at a dealership in Queens. (See video below.)
The selected Mazda Heroes engaged in a broad cross section of services ranging from selflessly leveraging personal skills, creating free grocery delivery services, to partnering with restaurants to provide free meals for healthcare workers and other first responders.
Jason Erdreich, one of the recipients, used his skills as a shop teacher in Randoph, New Jersey, and access to 3-D printers to print PPE for medical workers at the height of the pandemic.
Triana Davis, a teacher in Byram, Mississippi developed and hand-delivered custom curricula to her students along with a commemorative t-shirt, goodie bag, and custom-engraved medals for graduating seniors.
Christie Purviance, an ICU nurse in The Woodlands, Texas, worked 15-hour days throughout the pandemic and still found time to deliver photos of family members of patients who couldn’t visit.
Communities are forever thankful for the work of these selfless individuals.
Source: Good News Network