Blythe NAPA Auto donates $1.5K in toys to kids, foods for Harmony Kitchen: Local business launches annual tradition with first responders

Blythe’s resident County Motor Parts (CMP) NAPA Auto Parts’ 2019 holiday drop-off donations provided area kids with over $1,000 in toys, as well as food canned items – and $500 – for the local Harmony Kitchen this past holiday season. Pictured on Dec. 23, left to right: Blythe CMP (Country Motor Parts) NAPA Auto Parts manager Danielle Castillo; CMP NAPA Auto Parts warehouse manager Amy Beynon; CMP NAPA Auto Parts staff member Uriel Guzman; 2019 Blythe City Fire Department firefighters Ricardo Arzate, Ronnie Blackwood, Cody Rasmussen; Blythe Police Department (BPD) officers Leon, Belman, Cardona, Walnoha; and CMP NAPA Auto Parts Regional Manager Brad Brown. (Photo by Carolynn Kribbs/Palo Verde Valley Times)

Blythe’s County Motor Parts (CMP) NAPA Auto Parts’ holiday drop-offs provided area kids with over $1,000 in toys, as well as canned food items for the local Harmony Kitchen this past holiday season.

Additionally, NAPA leadership donated $500 to the area non-profit meal center.

“The canned goods (donated) goes good with having a cash donation. It allows us to get the fruits and vegetables we need to do salads and everything like that. So it’s always appreciated that we can go out and get the stuff we need,” said Harmony Kitchen’s Garry Bolding in thanking the CMP NAPA Auto Parts, noting the funds will go toward helping provide for a current averaging of approximately 30-48 clients a day.

For local CMP NAPA Auto Parts Regional Manager Brad Brown, the toy donation served as a reminder of the holiday spirit in tandem with appreciative support for the work of local law enforcement and first responders.

The holiday effort of which the local business patrons intend on making an annual tradition for years to come.

“This is our first time (doing this); it’s going to be an annual deal,” said Brown. “We just like giving back to the community.”

With Blythe NAPA Auto Parts manager Danielle Castillo, warehouse manager Amy Beynon, and staff member Uriel Guzman, the locally operated and owned supplier thanked fellow business patrons ACE Hardware/Inland Builders Supply and the Dobbs family (Ashley Furniture) for support.

Notably, CMP NAPA Auto Parts contributed $1,000 worth of toys to dovetail with the community donations.

“What we did was give (the toys) to the first responders – so the Blythe Police Department (BPD) and Blythe (City) Fire (Department). And they distributed to those (families) who are needing it,” said Brown. “We actually had Dobbs help them because it was such a short time. (Dobbs for Duffers) has a list of everybody who needs stuff as well.”

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