A Ford dealership in El Paso, Texas is going further to help a man whose wife was a victim of a recent mass shooting in the city.
Casa Ford-Lincoln donated a new Ford Escape to Antonio Basco after the Escape he previously owned was reportedly stolen and crashed the day after his wife’s funeral.
Dealership co-owner Ronnie Lowenfield on Monday presented Basco with the keys to a new blue Ford Escape, just like the one his wife had driven.
The gift wasn’t the first time dealership personnel had shown Basco their generosity.
After meeting Basco at a memorial for the victims of the shooting, dealership employees –unbeknownst to Lowenfield – paid for the cost of repairs to Basco’s previous Escape. The repairs included replacing the vehicle’s air-conditioning system, tires, brakes and other items.
The vehicle, however, was subsequently stolen and suffered extensive damage.
Lowenfield said his grandfather, who started the dealership in 1969, created a culture of giving. In the wake of the shooting, Lowenfield gave each of the dealership's nearly 200 employees $20 and asked them to go out into the community and spend the money on random acts of kindness.
“I am extremely proud to be a Ford dealer,” he said. “Ford is in our blood. Ford feels like family.”
Lowenfield, who co-owns Casa Ford-Lincoln with his three brothers, said Ford’s field team contacted him immediately following the shooting and visited for two days in the aftermath of the tragedy.
“That’s why I say Ford Motor Company has been part of the healing of this community, too – for instilling generosity, pride in doing what’s right and for supporting us over our last 50 years of doing business,” he said. “We thank Ford and couldn’t be more proud and grateful.”