By AMANDA KIMBLE
STEPHENVILLE (February 29, 2016) — It only takes a day to make a difference. With 2016 offering an extra one, a local business decided to give back on Leap Day, February 29. Give back greenbacks that is.
Kyle Masters, sales manager at Bruner Motors in Stephenville, hit the road with $1,000, handing a crisp $100 bills to 10 community members as a part of the Chevrolet “Day it Forward” campaign.
While handing over $100 is enough to make anyone smile, Masters said there was a catch.
“We want them to use that money to help someone else,” he said.
Driving a “money green” 2016 Chevrolet Sonic, Masters hit two local hot spots before 10 a.m., including Starbucks, where Tarleton State University students Amanda Fisher and Preston Leach were tapped into the Wi-Fi and caffeinated beverages.
Masters approached the duo, and Fisher said she was happy to participate by delivering the $100 to a worthy cause or community member before midnight. But Fisher admitted she wasn’t sure where she would share the Leap Day love.
“It could be anywhere,” Masters explained. “The Food Pantry, The Foster’s Home (For Children), maybe there’s an organization on campus they would like to help out.”
Finding 10 willing community members to jump aboard the goodwill effort wouldn’t take long, but Bruner Motors hopes to see the participants and others making a “positive difference,” monetarily or otherwise.
“Secretly raking your neighbor’s leaves, paying for the vehicle behind yours in the drive-thru or donating groceries to a food pantry are just a few of the ways to #DayItForward on Leap Day (and every day!),” a post at on the Bruner Motors Facebook page, facebook.com/BrunerMotors/?fref=ts said.
The Bruner crew also stopped at the Erath County Clerk’s Office to Day It Forward to a crew that works hard so the rest of us can cast our votes this election season.
Masters said the Bruner Auto Family is excited to see how the community responds and encouraged participants to show off their efforts through social media outlets, tagging Bruner Motors and including #DayItForward, the Day it Forward hashtag.
“We want to see – and share – the good things people are doing,” Masters said.