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A little help from Subaru people

Sterling and a group of area musicians played a benefit concert in Stillwater for dealership team members and friends. “It was astounding.”

Sterling and a group of area musicians played a benefit concert in Stillwater for dealership team members and friends. “It was astounding.”

Subaru rep Christian VanFaasen, left and White Bear Acura Subaru GM Dan Moen, right, present a check for $12,294 to Mick Sterling with The 30 Days Foundation.

Subaru rep Christian VanFaasen, left and White Bear Acura Subaru GM Dan Moen, right, present a check for $12,294 to Mick Sterling with The 30 Days Foundation.

People who lose a job or get sick might be just one unpaid bill from the edge of a downward spiral.  Riding to the rescue are Subaru customers and White Bear Acura Subaru, to the tune of more than $12,000.

The contribution goes to an unusual nonprofit, which receives requests and pays the bills directly.  “The 30 Days Foundation” assures people that their answer will come within 30 days, said the group’s founder and director, Mick Sterling.

Often communicating through emails, the approval process can go quickly.  “They don’t have to go some place to fill out forms in triplicate,” said Sterling.  A person who is about to have the power shut off can’t wait for five or six weeks, or two months, he explains.

Checks cut directly to pay bills typically amount to $75 to $150.  The Subaru gift resulted primarily from a $250 contribution per new car sale from those who chose the Minnesota charity.

Sterling and a group of area musicians played a benefit concert in Stillwater for dealership team members and friends.  “It was astounding.”

Sterling and a group of area musicians played a benefit concert in Stillwater for dealership employees and friends. “It was astounding.”

Sterling is a leading local musician who has had a connection to dealership GM Dan Moen for a number of years.  Building a fun event for team members and friends, Sterling assembled seven area musicians for a special performance at Pub 112 in downtown Stillwater.

A personal supporter of 30 Days for five years, Moen said situations come up and things happen that prompt a need.  “Everybody’s been there.”

Sterling said the group has helped more than 9,000 families since 2011. Food needs, shelter, utilities and medical bills can lead to financial crisis, he said.30-days-band-web

“I love putting things together,” said Sterling.  “I can’t fix a car to save my life, but I can do this.”  His next charity effort is a food truck that uses its proceeds to feed the hungry.  “RefillMN­ Feed Yourself, Feed Your Neighbor”  An $8 burrito purchase can feed three people, for example, and Sterling’s goal is to provide one million meals by 2017.

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