(Birmingham, Ala.)–Can getting your oil changed help cure cancer? During the month of April it can, with the help of Birmingham-based Express Oil Change & Service Center’s Change-A-Life Campaign. Throughout the month of April, the quick-service car care franchise will donate $1 from every oil change in all of its 35 Birmingham area locations to the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s of Alabama.
To launch the campaign, kickoff parties will be held at the Mountain Brook, McCalla, Riverchase, Brook Highland and Chelsea locations on April 6. For that day only, Express Oil Change & Service Center will double its per-ticket donation to $2.
The money raised will fund the hospital’s art therapy program, which helps address not only the medicinal needs of patients, but also their emotional needs by allowing them a positive, creative outlet to express their feelings and experiences.
“We’re proud to give back to the community by supporting Children’s of Alabama,” said Garland Quinn, associate marketing manager at Express Oil Change & Service Center. “It’s an outstanding organization that focuses on finding a cure for devastating childhood diseases and giving much-needed hope to patients and their families.”
Since launching the Change-A-Life campaign six years ago, Express Oil Change & Service Center has raised over $190,000 for the hospital and art therapy program. The campaign previously took place each September, but was moved to April this year.
“April is National Car Care Month, and spring is the ideal time to perform preventative maintenance on cars,” Quinn said. “It affords the ideal opportunity to remedy any cold weather-related damage and make sure cars are in ideal working order before the excessive heat of summer takes its toll.”
Annual vehicle inspections may help drivers avoid costly repairs. Professionals at Express Oil Change recommend an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first, as one of the most important preventative maintenance services which can be performed on a car.
With 196 stores in 13 states, Express Oil Change & Service Center is the largest independent quick-lube chain in the Southeast. The company expects to open 15 new centers in 2013 and increase those numbers in coming years toward a goal of reaching 250 locations nationwide in five years. Centers offer a 10-minute, full-service, drive-through oil change that includes a 20-point courtesy vehicle inspection and fluid top-offs while the customer waits in his or her vehicle. In addition, a full-service mechanical department offers full-scope maintenance and repair services.
About Express Oil Change and Service Center
Express Oil Change and Service Center is one the leading automotive service providers in the South, with 196 locations across 13 states. Throughout its 31-year history, its oil change process has been refined to give customers the quickest oil change around, while still providing the highest quality service possible and premium vehicle maintenance checks. Each Express Oil Change and Service Center houses a full-service automotive mechanical department staffed by experienced technicians. ASE-certified technicians provide total car care through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and premium parts. The company promises quality work, friendliness and integrity in everything it does.
About Children’s of Alabama
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen offices in communities across central and north Alabama. The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.
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