International Subaru of Merrillville Spreads the Subaru Loves to Care Promise with Franciscan Health Crown Point’s Cancer Patients

International Subaru of Merrillville Spreads the Subaru Loves to Care Promise with Franciscan Health Crown Point’s Cancer Patients
By: Candace Arvin Last Updated: July 25, 2018

The Subaru brand is well known around the world for their philanthropic actions and overall community involvement. Initiatives range from Subaru Loves the Earth, where loving the environment means working to preserve it, to Subaru Loves Pets where they are committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy, but that’s not all!

Subaru believes in being a positive force in the communities where they live, work and play, not just with donations but with actions that set an example for others to follow. On Wednesday, local dealer International Subaru of Merrillville was on site at Franciscan Health Crown Point’s Cancer Center where they put the Subaru Loves to Care Promise into action.

Chris Smith Jr., Sales Manager for International Subaru of Merrillville shared, “One of the main reasons I was attracted to the [Subaru] brand was obviously it’s a good product, but also because we get to spread a little bit more awareness of the Subaru Love Promises."

Smith Jr. continued, “Beyond their affection for animals, Subaru also has other components where they love to give back by eliminating waste and being there for the earth, but one of the most noble causes that we identified was we want to be there for those individuals who are struggling and to make those times a little bit less stressful. That’s one of the main reasons that we chose to donate to this specific cause and hospital.”

Upon their arrival, box after box flowed into the main lobby of the hospital as Subaru representatives unloaded 80 blankets to donate to the hospital’s Cancer patients.

“First and foremost, this is amazing!” Rick Peltier, Executive Director of Franciscan Health Foundation said. “It takes community partnerships to truly have transformational success and what [Subaru] is doing today is showing the community as a whole, not just Franciscan Health and our patients, how much they care about giving back.”

“The patient population that they are giving the blankets to, it’s a sensitive population going through a very serious, anxious and often stressful time in their lives,” said Peltier. “To have people come in from the outside in addition to our staff it says, ‘Hey we care about you, here’s a blanket. We are thinking about you and we are here for you throughout your journey.’ It’s special and it’s heartwarming.”

Subaru believes in building lifelong relationships with their customers, earning their trust and exceeding their expectations by providing customer service with integrity and compassion. When someone buys a Subaru, they get much more than a car, they get to be a part of all the Share the Love Promises happening in and around our community.

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