Classic Ford Lincoln of Columbia and The Salvation Army provide 200 food boxes for local families

July 11, 2020

Classic Ford Lincoln of Columbia, part of the Mills Automotive Group, partnered with The Salvation Army to fill the pantries of families in need during the Mills Automotive Group Day of Service on July 10, 2020. Cars lined up at the Classic Ford Lincoln of Columbia dealership, where employees worked alongside The Salvation Army and local law enforcement to load food boxes into cars and provide a gift card for every household. More than 200 food boxes were distributed to families in need.

“As a result of the pandemic many families are left with more questions than answers during this time. I feel one of these questions should not be where their family’s next meal is coming from,” said Damian Mills, Owner & CEO of Mills Automotive Group. “Our dealership’s Day of Service is meant to uplift our communities, neighbors and friends during their time of need. We are humbled and grateful to partner with The Salvation Army in this great effort.”

Eight of the Mills Automotive Group dealerships in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia participated in the Day of Service.

“The economic impact of this pandemic continues to impact families, both those who were already experiencing the challenges of poverty, and some who are experiencing them for the first time,” said Major Henry Morris of The Salvation Army. “We are extremely grateful for the support of the team at Classic Ford Lincoln of Columbia and Mills Automotive Group so we can continue to meet the evolving needs of the most vulnerable.”

“This is a team effort,” added Jeffrey Cropp, Director of Corporate Development for Mills Automotive Group. “We talk about how it takes a village to make the community better, but it’s a great experience to see the village come together and help others.”

For more information about services of The Salvation Army of the Midlands, please call 803-309-0436.


About Mills Automotive Group

Mills Automotive Group is privately owned, operating 11 dealerships with 14 manufacturers in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. Our dedicated staff is always here to help with all your automotive needs. Mills Automotive Group offers new and pre-owned vehicles, financing, warranties, automobile parts, accessories, service and body repair. Mills Automotive Group corporate social responsibility cares for our customers, our employees and our communities. Owner Damian Mills has been a leader in giving back to the communities by serving through direct contributions, local partnerships, school contributions and volunteer service. These efforts have provided food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, clothing and shelter for people in need. Plus, local school contributions provide children with supplies, uniforms, tutoring and aid/support for teachers. For more information about Mills Automotive Group, please visit

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps nearly 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the firstever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.