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University Kia Distributes Warmth to Durham Rescue Mission

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The dealership with a big heart, University Kia in Durham, North Carolina, found a way to provide a need for the Durham Rescue Mission by heaping warmth on the mission with the gift of warm blankets for the cold winter ahead.

"Once again, I reached out to the Sackcloth and Ashes company and they were happy to provide the blankets for us," commented Aric Swanger, General Manager of University Kia. "Our goal is to continue in community involvement, going above and beyond the typical car dealership. We want to be a positive influence in our community, helping out where we can."

Through a partnership with Sackcloth and Ashes, University Kia will give one blanket to each of their customers who purchase a new Kia. In turn, Sackcloth and Ashes will donate a blanket to the mission for each blanket Kia purchases from them. A collection of 500 blankets will be distributed to the Durham Rescue Mission on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

"Our needs are great and growing," remarked Tony Gooch, Director of Development Operations at the Durham Rescue Mission. "We are extremely pleased and thankful and feel abundantly blessed to have this local Kia dealership provide such a generous gift for the residents at our shelter."

University Kia has also participated in ongoing community outreach projects such as Meals on Wheels and Jake's Ride.

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University Kia of Durham Donates Face Shields to Duke-Health

DURHAM, N.C. -- A donation of Personal Protective Equipment assembled at Kia's U.S. plant is the latest element of Kia Motors' "Accelerate The Good" program. To aid in the fight against COVID-19, University Kia of Durham has donated more than 100 face shields for medical worker use at Duke.

This delivery is the latest element of Kia Motors' Accelerate The Good program, which includes national and local level initiatives implemented in response to the pandemic. Each of Kia's 757 retailers nationwide are making similar donations to the hospital or medical facility of their choosing, totaling more than 75,000 face shields across all 50 states.

"Kia has really stepped up in this time of need and we are honored to do our part and by helping Duke-Health in the fight against COVID-19 by providing badly needed face shields to medical workers here in Durham," said Aric Swanger, General Manager, University Kia of Durham. "We are grateful for the hard work and dedication these frontline medical workers exhibit every day to save lives in our community."

The latest face shield deliveries are the latest in a series of initiatives Kia Motors America implemented in response to COVID-19. The program, called Accelerate The Good, previously saw Kia donating $1 million to multiple non-profit partners that assist homeless youth nationwide, including Covenant House, StandUp for Kids and Family Promise.

The $1 million donation was designed to help homeless youth in all 50 states receive much needed shelter and care needed during this time. In addition, earlier face shield donations - more than 300,000 thus far - were made to hospitals and medical facilities in hard hit metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York City.

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Deacon Jones Family of Dealerships Celebrates the Opening of Deacon Jones Kia

GOLDSBORO, N.C. -- Deacon Jones Auto Group is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location. Deacon Jones Kia will open its doors on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Deacon Jones has been selling Kias in Goldsboro for over 30 years and this newly designed dealership will be replete with state-of-the-art equipment that can service any vehicle while in the service lane, along with a digitally testing alignment machine located in the service bay. Comfortably cooled and heated, the overall shop will be a welcoming place to wait while the customer's vehicle is getting serviced. Complementary snacks, coffee, and water will be available to patrons, along with free WIFI and convenient, individual workstations. Charging stations will also be available to all electric cars 24/7.

"These are certainly exciting times for our Deacon Jones dealerships, and we are anticipating a fruitful outcome for our new Deacon Jones Kia store," commented Ken Jones, owner of Deacon Jones Auto Group. "We're still amazed at the incredible expansion of our auto group and we look forward to even more growth in our future."

The dealership plans on doing a Chamber of Commerce and an official grand celebration later this year. This location is the fourth ground up investment made by the Deacon Jones Family to complete the all new state of art Deacon Jones AutoPlex of Goldsboro. Deacon Jones is also on its third remodeling project, updating our stores in Clinton, N.C.

The new Kia location will be: 3313 McLain Street, Goldsboro, NC 27534.

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The Deacon Jones Auto Group locations include Deacon Jones Chrysler Dodge RAM in Smithfield, Deacon Jones Ford in Goldsboro, Deacon Jones GM of Smithfield, Deacon Jones Cadillac in Smithfield, Deacon Jones Kia in Goldsboro, Deacon Jones Lincoln in Goldsboro, Deacon Jones Nissan in Goldsboro, Deacon Jones Honda in Goldsboro, Deacon Jones Clearance Center of Princeton, Deacon Jones Pre-Owned Goldsboro, Deacon Jones Bargain Center in Smithfield, Deacon Jones Regional Pre-Owned Outlet in Smithfield, Deacon Jones Chevrolet of LaGrange, Deacon Jones Used Car Superstore of Greenville, Deacon Jones Smithfield Pre-Owned of Selma, Deacon Jones Triangle Auto Sales in Raleigh, Deacon Jones Toyota in Clinton, and Deacon Jones GM of Clinton.

Serving North Carolina for over 40 years, the Deacon Jones Auto Group had its conception on a small lot in Princeton, North Carolina through the plans of Bobby Jones. His idea is still the heart of the Deacon Jones stores, which is, "We Treat You How We Would Like to Be Treated." They continue to carry out this simple philosophy by offering a wide variety of quality new and pre-owned vehicles, along with excellent service resulting in satisfied customers.

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University Kia and Meals on Wheels Chapel Hill-Carrboro Join Forces

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- University Kia and Meals on Wheels Chapel Hill-Carrboro are joining forces to help feed the elderly and homebound in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. With the generous donation of a New 2019 Kia Soul by University Kia, Meals on Wheels Chapel Hill-Carrboro will be able to continue to provide hot, nutritious meals and personal visits to more than 180 recipients in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and southern Orange County areas who are unable to prepare meals for themselves.

"We are so grateful for University Kia's partnership and their generous donation of a KIA Soul," said Rachel Sobel Bearman, Executive Director, Meals on Wheels Chapel Hill-Carrboro. "CHCMOW is dependent on our amazing army of volunteers and our giving community to be able to bring food and a human connection to the elderly and homebound. With this donation University KIA is helping to not only bring attention to often isolated and forgotten members of our community, but joy and recognition to our volunteers."

University Kia, currently located in the heart of Durham, will be moving to a new location closer to the Chapel Hill area in the next few months.

"With our store moving closer to Chapel Hill, we decided to partner with Meals on Wheels," said University Kia's General Manager, Aric Swanger. "We were able to donate the New 2019 Kia Soul to the program and we even had it custom vinyl wrapped so that it would stand out when people see it on the street. We are hoping that this raises awareness for the good that Meals on Wheels is doing for the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities. We also could not have done this venture without the help of WCHL radio in Chapel Hill, which is promoting the University Kia Meals on Wheels Soul."

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University Auto Group has been serving the Triangle for over 30 years. Since inception, University Kia has made its mission to provide outstanding customer service and to create a one-of-a-kind car buying experience. In an industry that is ever-changing, University Kia remains committed its customers, staff, and communities it serves.

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