The Grinch was nowhere to be found Friday, Dec. 13 in or near the Warrior & Family Support Center (WFSC) at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). Ram Truck brand and its parent, Chrysler Group LLC, made sure of that.
Friday was the occasion of the annual Wounded Warrior family Christmas luncheon with Santa handling out gifts for the Wounded Warrior family children during the hour.
Then, to everyone's surprise, Santa came back to the center a second time with an extra special delivery for the WFSC and the children
Following the lunch - Santa, along with his elves from the Ram Truck brand, drove up, in a brand spanking new 2014 Ram ProMaster 2500 Series Cargo Van filled with toys, diapers and other needed supplies, plus a $25,000 grant from The Chrysler Foundation for the WFSC.
The new 2014 ProMaster 2500 came complete with a red Christmas bow and was resplendent in a special wrap boldly honoring the Warrior & Family Support Center operation with their "heart-in-hand" logo displayed alongside a truck-sized U.S. flag for ready identification of their mission at SAMMC.
In recognition of the this very special holiday celebration for the WFSC and the Wounded Warrior Families it serves, the Chrysler Group LLC made arrangements to also deliver a huge mound of man-made snow to the delight of the children as they received the special gift bags from the Ram elves in the new ProMaster.
“The Ram Brand considers it an honor and a privilege to provide the all-new 2014 ProMaster van to support service members and their families who have played a vital role in in keeping America safe and free,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand. “In recognition of their distinguished service and personal sacrifices, we’ve customized the exterior of this ProMaster van with an American flag – inspired vehicle wrap that is sure to get noticed.”
These holiday gifts from Ram and Chrysler were the result of Ram Truck brand becoming aware of the need for an adequate cargo vehicle at the WFSC to handle pickup of donations, deliveries to Warrior families and the movement of needed supplies between warehouses and the 12,500 foot WFSC building at SAMMC.
During their due diligence, the Ram Truck brand team also saw the opportunity to provide additional support in the form of supplies the WFSC and toys for the children. That was when the Chrysler Foundation, along with the Chrysler Group LLC’s Southwest Business Center in Dallas, joined in the effort to provide those items.
“The Air Warrior Courage Foundation is delighted by The Chrysler Foundation and RAM Truck brand support,” said David Brog, executive director, Air Warrior Courage Foundation. “These gifts will be used to support the Warrior & Family Support Center, including Christmas gifts for the children who visit with their families, as well as to support the many other essential support programs provided by the Center.”
The AWCF has been supporting wounded warriors and their families at SAMMC for more than eight years. The W&FSC is the community center at the military hospital complex that provides major support to wounded warriors and their families, including emotional support, referrals and rehabilitation to cope with war related disabilities.
“At Chrysler Group, we strive to make serving others part of our everyday mission,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President — External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President — The Chrysler Foundation. “The Air Warrior Courage Foundation makes a difference every day in the lives of returning heroes and their families. The Chrysler Foundation is proud to support these efforts.”
The all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster is Ram Commercial’s latest addition to its popular vehicle lineup. The ProMaster 2500 donated to the WFSC is a ProMaster 2500 with the high roof for extra capacity. It features a low load floor (21-inches) for easy step-in and step-out and its wide rear and side doors allow the loading and unloading of full pallets (the ProMaster payload is over 5,000 pounds) of supplies which will significantly improve the productivity of the WFSC organization in supporting Wounded Warrior families at SAMMC.
Sources: Ram Truck brand, Chrysler LLC, Air Warrior Courage Foundation