Dale Marsteller thinks that reaching out to the people that ultimately keep his business running is the right thing to do. Hence, every time somebody gives blood, they are entitled to get a little something from Marsteller's Family Car Care in February.
"People say I'd like to go give blood and I'm going to do it sometime, but that sometime never comes around," Marsteller said. "I think that putting a monetary value on it might help out."
Now, whenever a customer comes in with a "I gave blood today" sticker or has proof of doing so, they are entitled to either a free oil change or New York state inspection.
Why is this so important to Marsteller?
"If we ever needed blood and nobody was ever thinking about it then it wouldn't be there for us," he said. "Perhaps I can provide a motivation. This is for the people to go do it (give blood) and for those who've been currently giving blood this is a thank you from us."
Where did this whole idea come from? Marsteller has nobody in his close circle that needs blood. This is a selfless act. So, if not for personal reasons, then where did it start?
"I was talking to a close friend of mine who's Rochester-based, and we try to do things for the community," he said. "The community support is what has kept us in business all these years."
Marsteller's Family Car Care has been in business right in the North Syracuse area since 1956. Dale's father, the original owner, had a gas station on the corner of Taft Road and Thompson Road. In 1996 Dale became the second-generation owner of a business he calls a mom and pops shop, just all grown up.
In 2002 Marsteller moved the business to its current 6,500 square foot location at 6201 East Taft Road. Marsteller's Family Car Care takes care of everything from air conditioning to alignments to engine replacements and everything in between according to Marsteller. The only thing that the shop doesn't take care of besides bodywork is the rebuilding of automatic transmissions. Five employees currently work at the shop.