50 frontline workers in America will be taking home new cars this month, after their names were included among the heroes in the 2020 Mazda Heroes program.
As Mazda plans celebrating its 100th anniversary, they announced back in October that fifty brand new MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition models will be given to individuals that dedicated themselves tirelessly to their communities throughout 2020.
Mazda North America President Jeff Guyton said:
This year has been full of challenges and we wanted to lean into our brand’s heritage of finding innovative ways to brighten people’s lives.Jeff Guyton
These 50 frontline workers selflessly leveraged personal skills and resources to care for those in need, from creating free grocery delivery services, to partnering with local restaurants to provide free meals to healthcare workers, to a musician who created curbside concerts for a senior community that had to remain indoors.
Jason Erdreich, who happened to be one of the winners used his skills as a shop teacher in Randoph, New Jersey, and his access to 3-D printers, to print 12,000 pieces of PPE for medical workers who were in dire need of equipment.
A Byram teacher, Triana Davis, created and hand-delivered custom curricula to her students and produced special commemorative custom-engraved medals, t-shirts, goodie bags, after the graduation ceremonies were cancelled due to the pandemic.
Christie Purviance, who is an ICU nurse in The Woodlands, Texas, worked 15-hour days all through the pandemic, yet always treating her patients like family. She delivered photos of patients’ family members who couldn’t visit, and helped facilitate video chats with loved ones—all while leaving daily sticky-notes of encouragement.
Another winner, Leandro de Araujo Pessoa of Lansing, Michigan lost his job after the lockdown hit in March, but he ended up using all his extra time to become the leader of a food pantry run by a local church. He devoted his time and a portion of his unemployment checks to the food pantry to keep it stocked with all the items necessary.
Mazda hopes that by acknowledging their achievements, these 50 heroes will feel empowered to continue to giving back to those around them.