Larry H. Miller Dealerships announced Monday that, for the fourth consecutive year, its Larry H. Miller Lexus, Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota, Larry H. Miller Honda and Larry H. Miller Hyundai dealerships will fund the Union Gospel Mission’s annual City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner for more than 1,000 homeless and low-income individuals and families.
In addition to a $5,000 donation, LHM said it will donate turkeys for every car sold or leased at the participating dealerships from this coming Thursday to Nov. 22.
Last year, LHM gave more than 150 turkeys to the Union Gospel Mission, according to the group.
This year’s dinner will be held at the Spokane Convention Center on Nov. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“Our employees really look forward to supporting the City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner each year,” Larry H. Miller Lexus Spokane general manager Bob McLean said in a news release.
“When they’re out shopping for their own Thanksgiving gathering, many of them will purchase an extra turkey to donate to the UGM dinner. In addition, we all enjoy volunteering together as a group to serve the dinner to our neighbors. It’s quite meaningful to see exactly how our donations help and who they help,” he continued.
“On a holiday that’s all about gratitude, we’re very thankful to Larry H. Miller Dealerships for underwriting the City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner for the fourth year in a row,” Union Gospel Mission executive director Phil Altmeyer said. “They share our heart for this event, which is about showing people who feel down-and-out that they are valuable. Serving a special meal tells people that in a way words can’t express.”
The Union Gospel Mission has worked with underprivileged residents of Spokane since 1951.
In its more than 65 years, the organization has grown from a soup kitchen into a ministry made up of four shelters, two thrift stores, an automotive business and a summer camp for youth.
“It’s important to us to give back and support those who are less fortunate in our downtown neighborhood. We hope that partnering with the Union Gospel Mission in providing a warm meal and a special place to gather brings joy during the holiday season,” added Scott Brewer, general manager at Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota Spokane.
Members of the public who would like to contribute to the dinner can donate online at uniongospelmission.org/give or at any of the four participating dealerships.