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  • April Charity: Houston Food Bank

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    In the month of April, Brown Family Auto Sales will run a food drive for Houston Food Bank. Customers, friends, and colleagues are welcome to leave shelf-stable food items at the collection box in our office. At the end of April, we will deliver the collected items to Houston Food Bank. Our goal is to gather 300 items to donate! Please help us reach this goal and give to the nation’s #1 Food Bank, right here in our home town!

    Houston Food Bank’s mission is quite simple: Food access for all by leading the fight against hunger. The Houston Food Bank is a receiving and distribution center for food donations. Grocery stores, food wholesalers, and food drives, like ours, provide food to the food bank. The food bank then distributes the donations to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and Backpack Buddy where individuals in the community have direct access to food. Please join us in the fight against hunger by participating in our food drive.

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  • March Charity: Star of Hope Mission



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    This month we shine the spotlight on Houston’s Star of Hope Mission. Established in 1907 as a Christ-centered refuge for Houston’s homeless men, Star of Hope has grown and evolved to meet the needs of Houston’s homeless men, women, and children. Through its structured programs and services, Star of Hope not only meets the immediate needs of those they serve, but strives to help individuals and families rise out of poverty to lead meaningful and healthy lives.

    Star of Hope writes of itself on its website:

    “The success of Star of Hope Mission is its comprehensive approach to addressing the diverse issues, both immediate and long term, that impact homeless individuals and families. This model of compassionate, purposeful outreach, coupled with community partners and donors, creates an environment in which lives are transformed and people are inspired to rise above poverty, set meaningful, measurable goals for independence and achieve them.”

    Services that Star of Hope provides include: Career development curriculum, personal development curriculum, spiritual life program, workforce development, computer learning centers, counseling, emergency walk-in center, health clinics, substance abuse recovery, on-site day care, parenting classes, New Journey classes, and preventive services.

    Whether you are looking to contribute to an effective and meaningful local charity or if you are in need, please consider Star of Hope Mission.

    Learn more about Star of Hope here.

    Women & Family Emergency Center: 419 Dowling St, Houston, TX 77003, 713-222-2220

    Men’s Development Center: 1811 Ruiz, Houston, TX 77002, 713-227-8900

  • February Charity: ALSAC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    HAND UP over HAND OUT: Giving back to our community At Brown Family Auto Sales, we are committed to making a positive impact on our community.  We focus on impact over awareness when selecting charitable organizations to support.  In 2017, we are focusing on a variety of charities over the course of the year and invite customers and colleagues to join us in contributing.  The charities we have chosen meet our personal criteria as found on Charity Navigator.  Together we can make a difference. This February, we will focus on ALSAC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  On February 4, 1962, Danny Thomas opened St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Since opening, St. Jude has sustained its commitment to providing world-class care to children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening diseases for zero cost—travel, lodging, and care are all covered for patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Additionally, St. Jude has played an essential role in improving the survival rate of children suffering from cancer with its groundbreaking research.  This month, we put our charity dollars towards this effective and life-changing organization.  Please read more about St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on their website at www.stjude.org Look up ALSAC St Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Charity Navigator to learn more about how this organization operates. Click on the image below to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  • Car Battery Care in Hot Weather
    July 04, 2016 The Fourth of July is not just a time to celebrate our national independence and enjoy a weekend BBQ with family and friends. No, I’m not referring to watching our home team Astros’ all stars in the mid-summer classic either. Though far less exciting, it is crucial that we take the necessary measures to keep our vehicles performing well. We depend on our vehicles on a daily basis. In addition to the usual stresses of work and daily life, our schedules can seem extra busy with the kids out of school. Oh yeah…and Houston summers are brutally hot. Did you know that the summer heat also affects your automobile? Higher temperatures stress several of your vehicle’s working systems but the most common and easiest to avoid involves your battery.

    According to Mark Huffman at Consumer Affairs, “When you think of a dead car battery, you probably think about it being the dead of winter. You try to start your car one frigid morning and nothing happens. It’s true that battery failures can occur in cold weather but that’s not usually what has caused the problem. The drain on the battery’s resources most likely occurred during the summer’s hot weather.”

    Basic Do-It-Yourself automobile battery care can be accomplished with just two relatively simple tasks.

    1. Visually inspect your battery harness, cables, and terminals. Clean the battery surface, terminals, and posts with a small wire brush and an acid neutralizing product. These inexpensive “foaming” sprays are available at AutoZone, Pep Boys, O’Reilly Auto Parts, or Wal-Mart. Also one can is enough to clean multiple batteries so you can save it for future maintenance or help family and friends. After cleaning, check to make sure all connections are tight and replace any broken parts. This step will ensure your battery receives charge from the alternator and prevents voltage loss when vehicle is parked.

    2. Next you need to make sure you battery has the proper water level which can drop due to evaporation especially during the relentless heat of summer. Technically speaking you need enough electrolyte to cover the anode and cathode plates in the cells. But let’s not concern ourselves with the construction of a battery. All you need to do is pry the covers off of your freshly cleaned battery and fill to the bottom of the holes with distilled water. It is imperative that you use distilled water because the soluble minerals in other water will interrupt the function of the battery.

     
    I realize that most of our Brown Family Auto Sales customers are not mechanics. So here are some additional resources (including videos) to help you accomplish these battery care basics. Follow these steps to ensure your vehicle starts when you turn the key and save some money in the long run. Be sure to check our website at www.brownfamilyauto.com for other helpful information. Thank you for reading and please share this information with family, friends, and social media. Enjoy the summer, have a safe 4th of July, and go Astros.

    -Charles

    Related Links:
     
    Battery Terminal cleaning demonstration video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZZVn81bl9w

    Battery Care and Maintenance Tips (video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhnVZ7ZPunw

     
    Car Battery Care
    http://www.familyhandyman.com/automotive/car-maintenance/car-battery-care/view-all

     
    Hot Weather the True Culprit Behind Car-Battery Trouble
    http://blog.batteriesplus.com/2014/serial-battery-killer

     
    Warning signs that may indicate your battery is on the fritz
    http://www.firestonecompleteautocare.com/cf/batteries/car-battery-problems-when-is-it-time-for-a-new-battery/

     
    7 Tips to Get Your Car Summer Ready
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leslie-pritchard/7-tips-to-get-your-car-su_b_10722280.html

     
    Hot weather takes a toll on your car battery
    https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/hot-weather-takes-a-toll-on-your-car-battery-071514.html

     
    Brown Family Auto Sales is a used car dealership in Houston, TX. We value our customers and distinguish ourselves from our competitors with superior customer service. All of our deals are on a per customer basis and our in-house finance structure allows for flexible terms to meet the needs and budget of each individual. Our finance process is straight-forward and hassle-free. We strive to provide reliable transportation with low down payments and short-term contracts. At Brown Family Auto Sales we want to make you a customer for life. Many of our sales are repeat business and word of mouth referrals. If you are in the Houston area and need a vehicle, please stop by our location at 6510 N. Shepherd Dr. or give us a call at (713) 360-7254. We carry a wide variety of cars, trucks, and SUVs and look forward to doing business with you.

     
    2016 City Beat News Spectrum Excellence in Customer Satisfaction award winner for Family-Run Used Car Dealership in Houston, TX

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