Matt Smith is the General Manager of AutoNation Subaru Arapahoe and has worked in the automobile industry for 40 years. He and his wife, Liz, have two grown children, Lucas and Olivia.

Will you share about the Subaru Share the Love campaign?

The campaign started in 2008 and gives our customers a chance to donate $250 when buying a new Subaru during the promotion period and at no cost to them.

What inspired you to nominate and select Denver Rescue Mission as a beneficiary of the campaign?

My dad was a Denver wholesale food broker for 60 years. He used to take all his samples and
additional food to the Mission to feed the hungry, and occasionally I went with him. DRM does so many amazing things to take care of and love the less fortunate. I see the amazing efforts and passion that all the employees at DRM have every day. I felt this would be the perfect opportunity to really get behind them from all of us at AutoNation and Subaru of America.

How has this partnership with the Mission impacted you and your team?

Subaru smiles with every donation made. At Subaru, we’re learning that giving has far greater rewards than receiving. There is no better feeling in the world!

What inspires your family to support the Mission financially?

My wife, Liz, and I support DRM because there has never been a bigger need. This is how we personally “share the love.” Our daily prayers are always for the sick, homeless and hungry. These are amazing, loving people who have fallen on hard times, and with some love, together we can make a difference.

Will you share about your experience volunteering at the Mission’s banquets?

Liz and I walk away each time with thanks. If you’re looking for something to make you feel whole inside, go volunteer at DRM. It’s life changing! I am looking forward to another year supporting this amazing Rescue Mission.

To learn more about the Subaru Share the Love campaign this holiday season, click here.

This post is a part of December’s Changing Lives Newsletter. In this edition, Finding Joy & Spreading Sunshine, you’ll learn about how your gifts are helping people like Trevia find hope and self-sufficiency.