An auto-repair shop in the Heights is gearing up for its annual community project that serves children in need in the Houston area.
As he has done each February for nearly three decades, Master Car Care and RMS Auto Care owner Byron Rusk has an offer for residents in need of an oil change. Should they donate at least $35 to Child Advocates at either of his auto-shop locations throughout the month of February, they will receive two free oil changes for one car, good through the rest of 2019.
Rusk said the annual fundraiser presents a win-win situation for all parties involved.
“It was just so perfect. What I wanted to do was find something that would be good for the customers, for whatever charity we chose, and for the business,” he said of the decision to partner with Child Advocates nearly 30 years ago after hearing their presentation at his church’s men’s group.
Rusk’s auto-repair businesses have been donating to Child Advocates through this program, coined “Car Pros for Kids,” for the last 27 years. Throughout the month of February each year, his shops join others across Houston in raising money through the program, and have continued to raise thousands each year for the nonprofit organization which assists children who have become victims of abuse.
“It’s just a godsend that Child Advocates happened to be giving a presentation that night,” Rusk said, calling those children the neediest of all of us. “It’s like the Almighty was just saying, ‘This is from me.’ ”
During the first year, $750 worth of donations came in, and about $1,500 the next year. And so it went, with donations continuing to double for years on end. Twenty-eight years after its inception, Rusk said the community has continued to embrace the cause, and the program remains stronger than ever after raising $26,000 through donations last year.
“My philosophy is that when you do good things, the angels will reward you,” he said. “We feel extremely gratified at the success the program’s had in our shops, and we’re going to keep on doing it.”
To schedule an appointment with Master Car Care, call 713-862-6630, visit mastercarcarehouston.com or visit the business at 2305 Yale St. Donations to Child Advocates can be made in the store or by visiting the donations tab at childadvocates.org/calendar/car-pros-for-kids-2019.