This is Mazda Cares. In light of COVID-19, we’re sharing stories of how our Mazda family is coping with (and even combatting) the crisis. Mazda is committed to helping communities in times of need. Our aim is to share stories that highlight our belief that what matters most is one another — because through the power of humanity and community, we can overcome any challenge.
“I guess you could say we were hungry to help!” These are the words of Northcoast Miata Club president Dennis Beckman when asked about donating the organization’s budget for its spring annual pizza party to local hospices.
As a result of the current pandemic, the 154-strong Cleveland-based club had to cancel the event this year. However, they wasted no time in diverting half of their allotted funds to help critical healthcare provider, Malachi House and the remainder to Western Reserve Masonic Home. This was presented by Northcoast Miata members Gary and Char Davis. Malachi House, the Cleveland hospice provides for around 20 residents in financial distress who are in need of end-of-life care. These donations are even more critical now as the cost of medical supplies has risen dramatically.
“It’s the least we can do. I’m proud to be part of our Miata Club which is our own community but it’s important to remember that we’re part of the wider community too, so we wanted to give something back,” Dennis said. “There’s a great spirit and togetherness in the club and we want to share that in the Cleveland area.
“In addition to the donation, I’ve been volunteering at the hospice by helping in the kitchen, serving meals and also delivering important medical supplies from the local hospital — so I guess you could say I’ve been putting the Miata to good use! There are quite a few veterans there and it’s important that we recognize and honor their great contribution.”
Dennis first came across Malachi House when he volunteered there in the 1990s. Impressed by the humanity and compassion on display, he was keen to step in this year when the COVID-19 outbreak took hold.
He continues, “I greatly respect the mission of the hospice and if we can help a little bit that’s great. I also volunteer at a smaller, local hospice in Strongsville and that’s very rewarding too.”
Northcoast Miata Club is one of the largest clubs in the country and one of the longest established too. Dennis has been a member for over ten years and currently drives a black 2006 Miata.