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The 2022 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award

We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our community and the Subaru Love Promise.

We're honored to receive the 2022 Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes Subaru retailers who are making the world a better place while demonstrating an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in local communities. These efforts are focused in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.

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What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.

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Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.

A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated over $28 million to the ASPCA and through Subaru Loves Pets has helped support the rescue, transport, adoption, and well-being of over 230,000 animals across the country.

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Environment

Subaru and our retailers are committed to protecting and preserving the Earth, not just by our words, but also by our actions.

Since 2018, as part of the Subaru Loves the Earth initiative, Subaru and retailers across the country have partnered with TerraCycle® and have collected over 7 million pieces of hard-to-recycle trash from their communities. Items such as snack bag wrappers, coffee cups, or used cabin air filters from service areas have been diverted from landfills and given a second life by TerraCycle when it is converted into durable furniture and other usable items.

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Education

It's our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.

Since 2015 Subaru, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement Science, donated over 369,000 award-winning science books. In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and Adoptaclassroom.org we supported teachers and students with donations of $400,000 in gift cards and school supplies.

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Community

In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.

In 2020, Subaru and its retailers made a donation to Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis,* making meals available at 199 local food banks across the country.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

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Health

We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.

Since 2016, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate over 167,000 blankets and 21,500 arts & crafts kits and reached nearly 150,000 patients in more than 780 hospitals nationwide.

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How is Gurley Leep Subaru dedicated locally to the Love Promise?

Gurley Leep Subaru in Mishawaka, IN treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. We know that you have high expectations, and as a car dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time. Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence!

  • Pet Refuge
  • Meals on Wheels|South Bend Woman's Care Center|Kelly Cares Foundation|Hannah's House|AARC
  • Boys & Girls Club|South Bend Community Schools|Penn Harris Madison Art Prog|Michana Catholic Schools Art|Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Coaches vs. Cancer|Reins of Life|Logan Center|Susan G. Komen|Ronald McDonald House

Love Promise Stories from Gurley Leep Subaru

Subaru and Gurley Leep Subaru believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here.

Helping Hands

Today, several people from Gurley Leep Subaru came to serve dinner to 81 of our residents. The Team from Gurley Leep Subaru not only served dinner, but washed dishes, mopped the floor and wiped down all the tables in the dinning hall. One person cooks all the meals- its great to have the helping hands of Gurley Leep Subaru.

Serving

The Team from Gurley Leep Subaru came out to serve dinner for our residents. The four of them served 78 meals to our guests which included chicken or hot dogs, mashed potatoes, corn, bread, fruit and a tasty brownie. The manager treats everyone to a complimentary beverage. We are grateful for Gurley Leep and their time & generosity.

Subaru Blankets

Gurley Leep Subaru came to Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana and donated 80 blankets & 10 kits for arts and crafts. While the temperatures are very warm outside, the hospital can be very chilly at times. These blanks are very thoughtful and do bring comfort to our patients that are here for thier cancer treatments. Its the little things in life that sometimes have the biggest impact. Thank you Gurley Leep Subaru- your dealership just seems to be everywhere doing every thing with Love!

Taco Thursday

It's not every day that you have a team come by and whip up steak and chicken tacos- that is exactly what Gurley Leep Subaru. The smell of the tacos lingered throughout the halls of the Ronald McDonald House Charities wing! They made steak & chicken tacos with rice, corn and pico. The meals fed 22 families and there were plenty of left overs for the staff and for people for the next day. Thanks for coming out on a Thursday to make Tacos!

Committed to Serve

The Team at Gurley Leep Subaru continues to show their commitment to serving our residents at the Center for the Homeless. On this day they had a smaller crew, but served almost 80 people. The Manager always pays for the beverages for anyone that is having dinner. The Team wipes the tables down, cleans the all the serving trays, and keeps the mood light. We are grateful for Gurley Leep Subaru.

Serving Dinner

Gurley Leep Subaru comes to our facility 2-3 times per month. On May 19th, they sent a crew of four people to come serve dinner. They always are polite and friendly. On this day they served approximately 65 people dinner, and cleaned all the trays. Thanks Gurley Leep Subaru

Share the Love

The 2021-2022 Subaru Share the Love campaign donated $21,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana, which will provide more than 150 days of accommodations for local families in their time of greatest need. This includes families like the Graf’s. When Danielle Graf came to South Bend from her home at the time in Kansas City, she wasn’t expecting her daughter to be born at only 25 weeks. Winona Graf was the size of an average pen when she was born, and Danielle had nowhere to go. That’s when she was told about RMHC Michiana. Danielle ended up staying at RMHC Michiana for 123 days while Winona was in the NICU. Today, they are both healthy and doing well. Winona’s smile lights up the room. When a family checks into RMHC Michiana, they are stepping into a home-away-from-home for the duration of their ill or injured child’s hospital stay. Families are provided with hot meals, private overnight rooms, basic toiletries, and all the comforts of home – all at no charge. “RMHC Michiana provided a safe place – a home – when we weren’t at home,” said Danielle Graf. “Had it not been for RMHC Michiana, I couldn’t have managed a peaceful safe environment for Winona.” Every single day of comfort and care means the world for families in need. When your child is in the hospital, all the other details of life fade to the background. The support that has been shown through the Gurley Leep Subaru Share the Love Campaign will mean that more families can stay close together during their time of need. Your generosity ensures that families never have to pay to use our services. We cannot thank you and the entire Subaru family enough for this incredible support!

Gurley Leep Subaru Serves Dinner

We are so spoiled by Gurley Leep Subaru Team Members. Dinner is prepared by the Center, and the Team from Gurley Leep Subaru serves to our residents. Today, they served 65 residents. The Team also provides juice or soda for the residents to drink with their meal. This crew cleaned tables, washed dishes and clean the floors. We are grateful for this crew.

Gurley Leep & Center for the Homeless

Gurley Leep Subaru has made us a priority by coming to serve dinner to our residents a few times a month. This particular evening, they served 45 people dinner and purchased beverages for our residents. The employees that serve from Gurley Leep Subaru are always pleasant with our residents and helpful. Thank you for your commitment to our center!

Gurley Leep Subaru Pet Adoption

This is the second time Gurley Leep Subaru has hosted a pet adoption. They cleared out most of their showroom and allowed us to bring in dogs and cats that are available for adoption. The also collected over 400 pounds of dog food that will help feed 30-35 dogs which will last approximately 15 days. Every little bit helps. We received two solid applications for dogs and a couple of cats were adopted. Gurley Leep Subaru had our local radio station Sunny 101.5 FM, and two of the local tv stations. We love the exposure that Gurley Leep Subaru provided for us. They gave all of Subaru Loves Pets T-shirts as well. Thank you....

Thank you AGAIN

It is becoming a regular "thing" that members from Gurley Leep Subaru come to our facility in the evening and serve the residents dinner. Some of them take the time and talk to the residents, walk food out to those that need assistance. Every time they come, the General Manager pays for all the beverages for our residents. They always bring good energy and cheer. We are grateful for Gurley Leep Subaru and the "Servant" mentality they bring each time they come.

Taco Thursday

Gurley Leep Subaru continues to volunteer and share their time with us. Today, 4 members of Gurley Leep Subaru came with grocery bags full of food to cook for the families of our patients that are here for care. They made steak tacos, beef tacos, chicken tacos, rice, corn and fruit salad. This is wonderful because the families already are stressed with the care for their children; to have people like the members of Gurley Leep Subaru not only purchase the food, but prepare and cook while listening to Elton John was awesome! In these times, we are grateful that people are still willing to lend a helping hand!

Meatloaf & Pot Roast

We are so grateful for Gurley Leep Subaru. They keep coming back to serve! On March 8th, 2022, Employees from Gurley Leep Subaru came to serve dinner to our residents. They served meat-loaf and pot roast with corn and potatoes. The General Manager at Gurley Leep Subaru bought soft drinks (pop or juice) for all the residents. We love it that Gurley Leep Subaru comes to serve! Its more than serving though- they connect with the residents! We appreciate their participation!

Gurley Leep Subaru Visits Pet Refuge!

We just want to thank Gurley Leep Subaru! They have been so helpful with donations, pet adoptions, and more. Today they came in to help us get organized and do some of the heavy lifting. They also spent time with some of the animals! Every little bit makes a difference.

Happy Valentine's Day

On Valentines Day 2022, Gurley Leep Subaru came to our facility to serve dinner to our residents. They are starting to spoil us!! Not only did they help us prepare to serve, but they Valentine's Day cupcakes and cookies for dessert. One of the managers also paid for all beverages for our residents! Sometimes people don't think about what it's like to be in a homeless shelter, let a lone live in one on Valentine's Day. Gurley Leep Subaru showed our residents love on a special day!

Cold Night....

From time to time we get people to donate food and other materials. Gurley Leep Subaru is notorious for not only donating but for coming to serve as well. This past Tuesday night, on one of the coldest nights of the year, 6 employees of the Gurley Leep Subaru, Mishawaka came to serve our guests dinner. On the menu was tacos with green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, apples and cookies. This Team always jumps into action to serve. We are truly grateful for their time and on-going commitment to The Center for The Homeless, South Bend, Indiana.

Sloppy Joes!

The General Manager at Gurley Leep Subaru called an asked us if his Team could be of service to us! And of course we said yes. We gave Mike Anderson a grocery list of items to make Sloppy Joes for our guests. But it didn't stop there! A crew from Gurley Leep Subaru came and cooked the Sloppy Joes with Macaroni Salad, chips, and dessert! Its great to have helping hearts and hands to lighten the burden for families that are away from home tending to their sick child/ relative. Thanks Gurley Leep Subaru for a cooking!

Feed Indiana

Gurley Leep Subaru reached out to informed us they wanted to help our organization. Of course, we accepted their help to the tune of $20,000!!! This was a very generous gift by our Friends at Gurley Leep Subaru. 28 years ago in December (1993), we made our first distribution of food of 6,800 pounds! We feed families service in Mishawaka, Elkhart, LaPorte, Kosciusko, Marshall, Starke and St. Joseph Counties. It's nice to know that we will be able to help those in need this holiday season. Thank you Gurley Leep Subaru.

Wow Gurley Leep! Wow

Gurley Leep Subaru reached out to us to let us know that they were going to be donating blankets to our organization (Center for the Homeless, South Bend). Of course we were happy, but it didn't stop there. They also informed us they were doing a food drive on our behalf. They had employees and members of the community donate two vehicles of food, and other personal hygiene products. They donated games and their time. 5 of the Gurley Leep team members served food to our residents and visited with them while one of their employees Joe Uthe brought his guitar and performed songs for us! AND HE WAS AMAZING! WOW WOW WOW!!! This place has been buzzing since the Team's visit! So many people have come to me to let me know how great the evening was. Joe's performance has really rejuvenated this place! We are so grateful for Gurley Leep Subaru! Thank you for caring!

Pet Adoption At Gurley Leep Subaru

We were contacted in September 2021 by Gurley Leep Subaru. The General Manager asked if they could host a pet adoption inside the dealership. At first I thought this was crazy- but to my surprise, it was amazing! Gurley Leep Subaru made posts on social media and they also made a commercial highlighting the event! When we arrived, they helped us get set up on the showroom floor by the cars with almost 30 cats and dogs ready for loving homes. Several cats were adopted, and multiple applications for dogs were also submitted. The real wow factor was all the food and pet supplies that were donated to us. We are truly grateful for Gurley Leep Subaru.

Beiger Elementary...

I was contacted by Yvonne Diaz and Eric Emilio Ashbrook from Gurley Leep Subaru. They wanted to come by and bring some gifts for some of our students! To our surprise, they came equipped with 25 back packs filled with books for some of our students! It just caught us all off guard! Thank you Gurley Leep for thinking of us and helping our students!

Giving Back...

Gurley Leep Subaru is committed to giving back to the local community, and they showed this in a big way on Wednesday, September 16. Three staff members visited Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana to take the Coffee Cart over to Beacon Children’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. This small act of kindness makes such a difference in the lives of kids and families who are going through their most difficult moments. Gurley Leep Subaru and RMHC Michiana have formed a strong community partnership that supports the mission of RMHC Michiana – to keep families close in their time of need. Gurley Leep has been a loyal sponsor for RMHC Michiana, including providing the sponsorship for the charity’s therapy dog program and their House dog, Gus. Partnerships like this help those who are most in need, and they strengthen the fiber of local communities. RMHC Michiana is so grateful for the support from Gurley Leep Subaru and for their continued partnership.

Gurley Leep Subaru Shares the Love...

Since 2015, the Subaru Share the Love campaign has donated $147,403 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana, which has translated to more than 1,000 overnight stays and accommodations for local Michiana families in their time of greatest need. When a family checks into RMHC Michiana, they are stepping into a home-away-from-home for the duration of their ill or injured child’s hospital stay. Families are provided with hot meals, private overnight rooms, basic toiletries, and all the comforts of home – at no charge. Below is the story of one family’s experience, which mirrors so many: In late 2019, a family whose teenage daughter attempted suicide checked in to RMHC Michiana, unsure of what journey they were about to take. They spent almost two weeks here and received an outpouring of support from far and wide as friends and family members took turns caring for the family’s two other children, including 9-year-old Hayden. Hayden’s mom reached out to us to see if there was anything he could do around the House to keep him busy while some tough decisions needed to be made regarding his sister’s prognosis at the hospital. He came to help at the annual Cookie Walk and made quite the impact, jumping right in to restock cookie trays, put away donations, take photos, and walk guests through the process. It was a great day for him and the staff a like. A few days later, his sister passed away and the family came to the House one last time to gather their things and check out. On her way out, Hayden’s mom shared the following: “As horrible as this experience has been, RMHC was a saving grace for Hayden. Now, instead of looking back at this time as the day his life was ruined and he lost his sister, I hope he looks back and sees the good that came from his stay here. I hope he sees this as the moment his passion for volunteering grew, and I hope he chooses to continue to give back.” While every story isn’t a happy ending, the glimmers of hope that come from the services provided thanks to the support of community partnerships allows RMHC Michiana to fulfill its mission of Keeping Families Close, providing a safe haven in even the darkest of times.

Subaru in Action

These past 3 years the Subaru has filled many roles for REAL Services. From delivering Meals on Wheels, transporting clients to essential appointments, to delivering a donation of flowers to a nursing facility. The Subaru always puts a smile on the faces of our clients. We are grateful for the support of the Subaru Corporation and to Gurley Leep Subaru in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Subaru On The Job!

Our Subaru is on the job every day delivering Meals on Wheels to Senior Citizens. Often our staff or Volunteers are the only people our Seniors ever see. Margaret our Volunteer Coordinator drives the Subaru every weekday. We will miss Margaret when she retires at the end of the month.

Subaru Loves to Care

On July 23, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter and Gurley Leep Subaru had the pleasure of delivering 80 blankets and 10 arts & craft kits to Memorial Hospital South Bend part of the Subaru Loves To Care program. These comforting gifts were accompanied by personalized messages of hope written by the customers and staff of Gurley Leep Subaru. This incredible act of generosity was warmly received by the Memorial Hospital staff who were thrilled to distribute these comforting gifts to their patients.LLS is proud to partner with Subaru to spread hope, love and warmth to those fighting cancer, across the country and right here in the South Bend, IN community.

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My Meals are Delivered in a Subaru

Iv'e been getting meals for 10 years and it definitely helps me. Well, it provides me a big need and because I’m in advanced years I’m not able to cook for myself and yet I like the variety and the necessities I get from Meals on Wheels.It’s a good organization. Because it save me a great deal, I can’t do my shopping, so my friends do it and with Meals on Wheels I’m getting some of the necessary things without going to the store. Becky Unverrich

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Sharing love & warmth through messages & blankets

Becky, a child life specialist at Beacon Children’s Hospital, welcomed us at the special door connecting the parking lot with the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. She apologized for not having any patients for Gurley Leep staff to be able to visit with and personally give a blanket to, but said, “not having patients – that’s a good thing, right?” Agreed! General Manager Mark Simpson brought a carload full of Gurley Leep colleagues with him, including Robert Russell, who was no stranger to this clinic. “My son was diagnosed with ALL when he was 3 years old,” Robert shared. “He’s 11 now. He went through his three years of treatment here.” Becky gave us a tour of the clinic, newly remodeled as of a year ago, and their care and attention to what patients and their family members might need and want during their stay. This ranged from a room in which family members could be treated simultaneously, to a teen room with a giant flat screen TV, to a comfortable loveseat that easily transformed into a single bed for caregivers to nap on. Robert thought that was a definite improvement: “That looks more comfortable than the chair I used to sit in!” Mark shared why participating in Subaru Loves to Care was so important for his team, and indeed, that supporting their community in many ways was key to their mission. When he learned earlier this spring that Becky’s patients really loved the craft kits from last year, he promptly made arrangements to order more for this year. Thank you to Mark Simpson and the rest of the Gurley Leep team for sharing your love and care with cancer patients at Beacon Children’s Hospital with your gifts of blankets, craft kits, and messages of hope!

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Delivering Meals on Wheels in Our Subaru!

Judith gets up at 7:00 am. She is 74, retired, feisty, independent, and coming back from a devastating stroke.As we talked, I heard frustration and anger in her voice. She is left handed and that is the side that was affected by the stroke. But she states she is a fighter and the people at the hospital and at rehab told her that is why she is alive and has made good progress. Judith was born in Mishawaka, attended Mishawaka High School, and as a child she had good handwriting. She would be asked to write on the chalk board to display her handwriting and other times her writing examples might be posted around the room. She took pride her handwriting. Now she states “you can’t even read it”, but I sign my checks myself.Judith was a waitress for 42 years and later in life found a job as a care giver at a local nursing home. As she puts it “I found a job I loved. I love people and I took good care of them and got to know the families really well and they appreciated me.” But when you work at a nursing home, you come to understand that many of the clients won’t be around long. Being willing to lose people you have started to care about, well it takes a toll. After a client who was special to Judith’s heart passed away while she was on her day off, she felt she couldn’t do it any longer. Judith had shoulder surgery and rehab and both went fine, everyone thought. She was leaving rehab in a wheelchair and at the pick-up door, when she had a stroke that involved multiple clots.She was rushed via helicopter to Chicago. She survived but couldn’t talk, walk, or use her left hand. She came to St. Joseph Rehab Institute in Mishawaka and learned to overcome almost all of what the stroke took away. She talks clearly, can walk in her small apartment without her walker and a little farther with the walker though not far. Her left hand was originally in a claw position, but is now open and can flex though it has no sense of feeling. Cooking became frustrating and almost impossible. Her doctor prescribed Meals on Wheels for Judith. “It makes all the difference. I am medium height and very slender, without Meals on Wheels, I would be even more slender” she chuckles. Her favorite food from MOW is stuffed peppers, with spaghetti being “delicious”. Her least favorite food from MOW is any meat she has to cut up. (Her left hand doesn’t work for cutting with a knife and tough meat doesn’t work well with her dentures.)Judith loves when the delivery volunteers bring her a little note, like a valentine card with the meal. When they ask her if she is okay AND does she want a hug the answer will almost always be YES. “There is a person who is disabled and in a wheelchair who delivers MOW to me” said Judith, “I always get a large smile and we share a big hug.” Judith asked me about a taller man and a woman who delivered for MOW together that she hasn’t seen in a while. “I wish I knew what happened to them” she states. Seems she lost a couple other people who became close to her heart.

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Lifesaving Delivery!

A volunteer went to a client’s house with the instructions to take meal to back door and put on counter in kitchen.The door was locked. The volunteer knocked and could hear someone in there. The client told volunteer to get the key from someplace on the back porch.The volunteer went in and the client was on the floor.The power went out from a storm and she tripped over her walker going to the bathroom in the dark.She said she was there for at least a day and night.The volunteer called 911 and the fire department came and helped her.

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Our Subaru Vehicle Transports Life Savers

A volunteer went to a client’s house with the instructions to take a meal to the back door and put it on the counter in the kitchen.The door was locked. The volunteer knocked and could hear someone was in there. The client told the volunteer to get the key from someplace on the back porch.The volunteer went in and the client was on the floor.The power went out from a storm and she tripped over her walker going to the bathroom in the dark.She said she was there for at least a day and night.The volunteer called 911 and the fire department came and helped her.

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Subaru & LLS Love to Care!

Delivering beautiful dark blue blankets, cute arts & crafts kits, and touching and personal cards to patients undergoing cancer treatment at Memorial Hospital in South Bend was a wonderful finale of this year’s Subaru Loves to Care program with Gurley Leep Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Memorial Hospital Child Life Specialists Becky Wachs and Rileigh Zickafoose oohed and aahed over the blankets and gave us a tour of their brand-new pediatric wing, only just opened. Seeing the intentional spaces created with pediatric patients and their families in mind underscored the gravity of what happens daily in that ward. Having blankets to cover young patients as they fight cancer is one more caring touch that Memorial can now give. Special thanks to Mark and Kirk for taking time out of a very busy day to deliver these gifts! Thank you to Gurley Leep Subaru for literally bringing warmth to cancer patients at Memorial with these blankets, and for bringing love and care through cards and craft kits! We are honored to partner with you to bring light to a time that can be full of darkness.

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Subaru and NWF Love the Earth!

Our 4th grade High Ability group took on a project this year as part of a project based learning unit. The students decided to try and revive the pond behind our school, and clean up our nature center and just make our school property more nature and animal friendly. This partnership with Subaru was just a bonus to what these students were already doing. Thank you Subaru!

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Ronald McDonald House of Michiana

Ronald McDonald stopped by Gurley Leep Subaru in December for the Share the Love Event to supply the staff with some fancy new socks to support the cause. The money raised from the Share the love event will help the Ronald McDonald House of Michiana to be able to provide more rooms for families with children who need long term care at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Long stripped socks were worm by all and t-shirts were given out to customers that purchased a Subaru in December. Gurley Leep Subaru and the Ronald McDonald House look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come "Because healing happens together". #forRMHC

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