Photography by Mike McLean

The Allen Community Outreach (ACO), a nonprofit dedicated to assisting community members through human and social services, opened their doors in mid-December of last year to an unexpected visitor with an early Christmas gift in-hand. TradeMark Car Wash, located at 1007 West McDermott in Allen, delivered a $5,000 check to help achieve the ACO’s goal of supplying 600 Collin County youths with Christmas gifts.

“We were overwhelmed by TradeMark Car Wash’s generosity,” said Glenda May, ACO executive director. “Their donation allowed us to reach more of the community and hopefully share some holiday cheer.”

The full service car wash that has served the area since 2004, has partnered with ACO for over a decade and after hearing news of the continued need, TradeMark Car Wash owners Tom and Kim Miller wanted to show the organization their support and appreciation. The day before volunteers purchased hundreds of gifts the Miller’s gave the surprise donation of $5,000—a bonus check ACO will never forget.

Every year, ACO provides less-fortunate children with an age appropriate present, in addition to their regular yearly services. The need for social services and funds continues to increase as does the growth of Collin County’s population. Every donation counts, but when a single donation as large as the one provided by TradeMark Car Wash comes along it has to be noted.

“The ACO does so much for our community,” said Kim Miller, “it is truly our honor to partner with them in whatever way we can. This year, being able to hand deliver an over-sized check was a joy for us and an unforgettable experience.”

Photography by Mike McLean and Adam Bayacal (top, right photo only)

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TradeMark Car Wash

TradeMark Car Wash, established in 2004, is a full service car wash located in Allen, Texas, (and soon in Plano) providing professional interior and exterior vehicle detailing services, full service and express exterior car washes, and performs additional auto services such as state inspections. The location employs approximately 60 staff and washes more than 175,000 cars per year with continued annual growth in volume. TradeMark Car Wash is part of The Car Wash Companies, which also owns and operates Tommy Terrific’s Carwash, an exterior only car wash with multiple locations in Dallas. For more information visit TradeMarkWash.com, follow on Twitter @TradeMarkWash or Facebook at TradeMark Car Wash, or read customer reviews on Yelp and Google Pages.

Allen Community Outreach

Since 1985, Allen Community Outreach (ACO) helps transform lives by providing essential human and social services. ACO is the sole local provider of free human services for families facing financial crisis in their service areas. Now in its 30th year of operation, ACO has grown from strictly information and referral services to a providing a wide array of service provisions which include information and referral, rent and utility assistance, job counseling and referral, clothing from the ACO Resale Shops, the Allen Food Pantry, confidential counseling, Meals-On-Wheels & More, school supplies, Thanksgiving food boxes, and Christmas adopt a child, teen or senior. For more information, please visit acocares.org.

Colbea Smith

Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most...