Lifestyle & Human Interest

Car Dealership Employees Band Together To Prep 500 Turkey Dinners for Veterans


With Veteran’s Day on the horizon and Thanksgiving following close behind, many people are reflecting on gratitude and using it to fuel acts of kindness.

For Ken Garff Honda Downtown, Hyundai Downtown, Hyundai Southtowne and Nissan Downtown in Salt Lake City, Utah, that came in the form of turkey dinners for veterans.

Teaming up with Salt Lake City VA Hospital, the dealerships were able to help provide around 500 full meals available for pick-up through a carefully planned, socially distanced drive-through.

According to a video by KTVX-TV, volunteers — employees of the dealerships — worked before the giveaway to create dinner kits, loading up bags for each veteran from the pallets of canned green beans, corn and pumpkins and other ingredients necessary for a good turkey dinner with all the fixings.

Official Election Data Drops 2020 Bombshell: Thousands of Ballots May Have Been Illegally Cast

The volunteers said they participated because they wanted to thank those who had served.

“ATTENTION VETERANS: Tomorrow 11/10/20 from 11am-2pm we (Ken Garff Honda Downtown, Hyundai Downtown, Hyundai Southtowne and Nissan Downtown) are teaming up with the Veteran hospital and handing out 500 Thanksgiving Meal Kits to Veterans,” Heather Pyne Hunt posted on Monday.

“Please drive by and pick one up and pass the word along to any Veteran you may know.”

“Ken Garff is proud to partner with the Voluntary Services at the SLC VA Hospital to provide veterans and their families with FREE Thanksgiving dinners via a safe, socially-distant drive-through as part of our We’re Hear For You initiative!” Ken Garff Hyundai Downtown posted on Nov. 3.

“Come drive through at the VA Medical Center on Tuesday, 11/10, between 11 AM – 2 PM to pick up your Thanksgiving dinner box (including turkey, side dishes, and pumpkin pie)!”

“The drive-through will be located in the parking lot in front of Building 9 near the auditorium. First come, first serve! Please remember to wear masks and be safe!”

Kids Can Only Watch Tragedy Unfold After Dad Guides Family of Ducks Across Street

On Tuesday afternoon, the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System posted an update on the giveaway.

“Turkeys flying out the door to our Veterans thanks to community partners Norbest and Ken Garff,” they wrote.

“Thank you for helping us make sure our Veterans in need are taken care of this holiday season.”

“We got ours!” one person commented on their post. “Thank you so much!!”

Hopefully these meals will be a welcome sign of the community’s support and gratitude for the veterans in Salt Lake City.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , ,
Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking