Interstate All Battery Center Lends a Hand to NBC’s Al Roker and Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

JUNE 23, 2010

Al Roker in Des Moines with Interstate All BatteryInterstate All Battery Center (IABC) joined NBC TODAY’s Al Roker this morning to surprise an Iowa Homeless Youth Center facility in Des Moines, Iowa with much needed batteries. IABC franchisees Matt and Nancy Breen, from nearby Ames, Iowa, helped Roker deliver hundreds of batteries to The Buchanan Transitional Living House, a facility for youth ages 16-22, where residents receive assistance with employment, education, and life skills in order
to transition to self-sufficiency.

Interstate All Battery Center joins other corporations in providing products for selected charities as part of the popular NBC TODAY weatherman’s ninth annual “TODAY’s Lend a Hand” tour this week to five
U.S. cities.

“Interstate All Battery Center is proud to support the ‘TODAY’s Lend a Hand’ program, and specifically,
the work and mission of the Buchanan Transitional Living House,” said Scott Miller, Vice President of Interstate All Battery Center. “In these economically challenging times, we believe it is important to reach out to our neighbors in need. Interstate All Battery Center is happy to donate these batteries to help the facility continue to provide important services to the Des Moines community.”

Interstate All Battery Center’s donation included a total of 2,250 alkaline batteries (size A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9V), 10 solar crank flashlight radios, 10 surge protectors, two 800-watt power invertors, 50 baseball cap lights, an uninterrupted power supply unit, and a science kit that contained five power house kits, six fuel cell car kits, three first electronics kits, three motor mania kits, two electronics lab kits, five door alarm kits, four weather station kits, and six homopolar motor kits.

The Breens have been involved in distributorship and franchising with Interstate Batteries for years.
Matt has been in the Interstate Battery family for nearly two decades. He worked as a high school student in his parents Interstate Batteries’ distributorship, and later drove a route for 10 years, moving up through the ranks working for his father.

The “TODAY’s Lend a Hand” tour continues its mission of helping charities across America that work towards improving conditions in their communities. At each surprise stop, Roker helps unload donated items from the truck and spends time throughout the broadcast at the charity location, introducing its efforts to NBC TODAY viewers.



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