Trunks Filled with School Supplies for the Van Horn Automotive Group Annual ‘Stuff the Trunk’ Event

August 11th, 2023 by


Van Horn Automotive Group partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters for the 3rd year in a row, for their annual ‘Stuff the Trunk’ event. From July 19 to August 5, all Van Horn dealership locations popped the trunk of a showroom vehicle to encourage both employees and customers to donate school supplies to local students in need. Trunks were filled with folders, glue sticks, notebooks, backpacks, markers, and other necessary items to help kids start their school year off right. Monetary donations were also accepted.

Sixteen Van Horn dealership locations and supporting departments collected over 2,500 school supply items to be distributed to their local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. Van Horn Automotive Group and Big Brothers Big Sisters have enjoyed a longstanding relationship over several years. “It’s very rewarding for us to contribute to the success of our youth in the local community,” said Ryan Thiel, Marketing Director for Van Horn Automotive Group. “We thank all of our employee owners and our customers for participating in this important event.”

“The support from Van Horn and their team is humbling. The young people we serve can struggle getting all the supplies and clothes needed for a new school year and change of season. Letting them feel the community support and cross some things off their list not only affects their self-confidence but lessens some of the anxiety that comes with this transition,” said Denise Wittstock, CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters WI Shoreline.

If you would like to be a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit Find your local BBBS agency online ( where you will find information on how to become a mentor, enroll a child in the program, or donate to the cause.

Van Horn Automotive Group donated school supply items to the following Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies:

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