Family fun day: Local shop owner changing lives, one oil change at a time

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Kane’s Auto Sales, in partnership with Manchester Police Athletic League, will once again be helping preselected families with basic automotive needs. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH – Adam Forand, owner of Kane’s Auto Sales & Service, located at 2150 Candia Road, will once again be honoring families in need with a special event set for Jun 23. Family Service Day – Keeping Cars Kickin’® is a national program designed to help automotive businesses share their expertise and give back to the community.

Kane’s will be providing general automotive maintenance and car-care education at no charge on Saturday to families in the Manchester community that need help caring for their vehicles. Families are pre-selected and referred by nonprofit partner, Manchester Police Athletic Leauge (MPAL), an agency dedicated to connecting police officers with community youth to foster positive relationships and community connectedness.

Even the dogs had a blast at Family Service Day 2017.

The community is welcome to stop by between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for family fun, including food, games and entertainment. Car service is by appointment only.

“We believe it is part of our responsibility to give back to our community,”  Forand said. “On June 23, we are donating our facilities and automotive expertise as a way of helping families in our great city of Manchester. Our local business sponsors are also helping to give back by donating supplies, food, and materials for kid’s activities. By sharing our talents and resources, we are providing a ‘hand up’ to families who need the help at this moment. Our goal in hosting a Family Service Day – Keeping Cars Kickin’ event is for families to leave with more reliable transportation and a sense of security that comes from having a better understanding of how their vehicles work.”

Family Service Day – Keeping Cars Kickin’ is also about celebrating families. Kane’s has planned various fun activities for children including a bouncy house, games and arts and crafts to keep the children entertained while the family car is being serviced. Event sponsors include St. Mary’s Bank, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Town Fair Tire, and Village Idiotz.

You can join the event on Kane’s Auto Sales & Automotive Facebook page.

About MPAL

Located at 409 Beech Street, the Officer Michael Briggs Community Center is a 16,000+ square foot building that is the home of MPAL. The building was purchased by MPAL in 2000 and after a few years of renovation work was opened in 2004. The basement level includes the weight room and the boxing gym. The main level includes locker rooms and the largest open mat area in the state for Judo and wrestling. The building is in the heart of the center city of Manchester making it accessible to all youth, no matter where they live. In 2015, Building on Hope chose MPAL and the Michael Briggs Community Center as their 2016 site for renovation.  Building on Hope allowed MPAL to be transformed and offer better facilities for participants.  

About Family Service Day

Family Service Day originated in 2009 with a Williamsburg, Virginia based company, American Pride Automotive. The idea was simple: offer support to single parent families and deployed military by offering the gifts and talents we have been given, the ability to repair vehicles, for free. Learn more at

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