DEARBORN – Last month, young philanthropist Allyson Ahlstrom hit the road on a nationwide tour in a Ford C-MAX Hybrid with her self-made nonprofit organization, Threads for Teens.
Ahlstrom started Threads for Teens, a charitable organization providing new clothes to underprivileged, impoverished girls, in January 2010. After receiving an inspirational gift for Christmas, Ahlstrom decided it was her turn to give back. She proceeded to contact upwards of 300 companies for monetary and clothing donations.
After receiving her first donation, Ahlstrom was amazed that her idea was actually beginning to form a foundation. Various other companies followed suit, bringing Ahlstrom to a remarkable $82,000 in monetary donations as well as more than $135,000 in clothing donations.
Being a teen herself, Ahlstrom recognized the value of clothing to emerging young women. Therefore, she reached out to high-end clothing stores such as Urban Outfitters and Francesca’s Collections whom were more than willing to support her inspirational cause. Ahlstrom’s organization will provide teenage girls with high-end clothing they would not otherwise have access to.
In order to travel alongside her 42-foot trailer full of clothes across the country to all 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., Ahlstrom could not think of a better mode of transportation than the reliable, environmentally friendly Ford C-MAX Hybrid. The Ford C-MAX Hybrid offers an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of up to 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined. The C-MAX Hybrid is Ford’s first hybrid-only nameplate and is America’s most affordable hybrid utility vehicle.
Dubbed the “Prius Killer” by the media, the C-MAX Hybrid provides a comfortable interior and technologies like hands-free liftgate and SmartGauge with EcoGuide. According to NYDailyNews.com, “The 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid offers a much roomier interior than the Prius for a starting price of $25,200”.
Ahlstrom had nothing but great things to say about the Ford C-MAX Hybrid after her first leg of the national tour. “I really can’t say enough about the C-MAX,” said Ahlstrom. “The Hybrid gets great gas mileage and my mom and I absolutely love the sunroof! We get to see so much more of the country with the full glass ceiling. Also, the voice activation technology has been very useful on the road!”
Ford is honored to be able to provide Ahlstrom support with a new C-MAX Hybrid in her goal of delivering two new outfits each to more than 300 underprivileged girls by the end of this year. Already, Threads for Teens has afforded 185 young teens with the gift of clothing to generate self-esteem and self-confidence.
“Ford stands for going further and that is exactly what Ahlstrom is doing,” said Jim Owens, Ford marketing manager. “She is going above and beyond for a charitable cause that benefits the community and boosts self-esteem nationwide. We hope to generate the same kind of awareness with the fun and versatile C-MAX Hybrid.”
Ahlstrom came up with the mission statement for Threads for Teens with her dad. She said she wanted to write something inspiring and motivating for her team and for young women all over the world. “I want girls to know that anything is possible and dreams are attainable,” said Ahlstrom. Ahlstrom’s mission statement encompasses everything Threads for Teens stands for everything Ford Motor Company supports by saying:
Threads for Teens’ goal is to help young, less-fortunate girls build their self-esteem, confidence and give them hope. We will accomplish this through the gifts of clothing, support and education. If everyone does a little no one has to do a lot. If we can just brighten the day and lives of a few girls, we can change it for all the disadvantaged girls by spreading the word thanks to modern day communications. We are the future leaders of the world, if we can give each other confidence nothing can stop us. No mountain is too high, no forests are too thick, no oceans too vast from giving girls everywhere the opportunity to succeed. \
For more information on Ahlstrom’s national Threads for Teens Tour visit www.threadsforteens.org and for more information on the Ford C-MAX Hybrid visit www.ford.com/cars/cmax.