Free Vans for Three Non Profits at Auto Show

February 7, 2014 Updated Feb 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

February 7, 2014 Updated Feb 7, 2014 at 12:35 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY

The Buffalo Auto show opened Wednesday morning at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Its first order of business was handing out the keys to brand new vans to three local charities.

Thanks to the Ford Friendship Express program through the Western New York Ford Dealerships three deserving organizations walked away with the keys to brand new Ford passenger vans.

For the Buffalo City Mission the new van will mean more people will be transported to doctor's appointments and taken out of the cold and brought to the mission during the city's unbearably cold winter days.

And what a difference an extra set of wheels means to Meals on Wheels of Western New York that transports food to 3600 seniors and disabled people every year and that number continues to grow. In January it added five new communities in the southern tier.

The final organization gifted a van was the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Chautuauqua County which serves more than 70 percent of at-risk kids.

Since 1996 Western New York Ford dealers have donated more than 71 new vans to non profit groups through the Ford Friendship Express Program.

The auto show continues Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 10 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 7pm.