LACONIA — With the holidays comes the spirit of giving and helping others and Irwin Automotive has supported the local community through the Fill Up the Pick-Up Event, Toys for Tots and a Glove, Mitten, and Hat Drive.
With the Fill Up the Pick-Up event Irwin teamed up with the Citizen newspaper to help the local food pantry and collected over 140 non-perishable food items.
As a Toys for Tots drop off center, Irwin collected over 100 toys for children in need. The glove, mitten, and hat drive benefited the Salvation Army and in turn over 350 children in need of these items.
Irwin Automotive realizes the importance of food, warmth, and giving during this holiday season. It is extremely important for a child to be able to play outside in the snow, enjoy a warm meal and unwrap a present on Christmas morning.
Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive said, "The holidays are about giving and helping children and families. As a company, we wanted to take part in every event possible to support the area."
Irwin's was founded in 1951 by Robert H. Irwin, as a Lincoln Mercury dealership. He added the Ford franchise in 1955. Peter, second generation, added Toyota in 1979, and then added Scion in 2002.
Irwin's Used Car Center was built in 1994 and was located at 446 Union Ave in Laconia. In 2009 the Irwin's completed a 12,000 square foot expansion of their Bisson Avenue location, which now totals 72,000 square feet on more than 15 acres and 600 vehicles. Laconia Quicklane Tire and Auto Center was started in the late fall of 2010, and in 2011 the Irwin Automotive Group expanded to include Hyundai. The Used Car Center was converted into a brand new state of the art Hyundai facility during the winter of 2012. In the spring of 2013 NH Car Credit, a division of Irwin's, was founded.