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December 11. 2013 12:45AM

Auto dealer makes record donation to New Horizons

MANCHESTER — A good month for auto sales has translated into a record donation for the New Horizons soup kitchen, food pantry and emergency shelter.

Andy Crews, president and CEO of AutoFair, will present Charlie Sherman, executive director of New Horizons, with a check for $12,930 on Thursday, the largest amount ever raised from the annual AutoFair effort.

Throughout November, AutoFair’s five New Hampshire-based dealers — AutoFair Honda, Ford, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Nissan — donated a portion of the proceeds from every vehicle sold.

The check presentation will be held at New Horizons for New Hampshire, 199 Manchester St., at 11:30 a.m., with Mayor Ted Gatsas and Police Chief David Mara in attendance.

“New Horizons is very grateful that AutoFair selected New Horizons as this year’s beneficiary of the Thanks For Giving Fundraiser,” said Sherman. “The need is great. So far this year we have seen a 75 percent increase in the number of meals served to children.”

The donation is expected to provide close to 3,000 meals to individuals in need, said Crews.

Last year, the New Horizons soup kitchen served 97,352 meals, the food pantry distributed 12,765 bags of food to more than 900 families per month, and the shelters provided safe haven for more than 900 homeless adults.