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Vernon dealership giving away 2 free vehicles to families affected by COVID-19

Bannister Honda is giving away two free vehicles to those in need.
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April 01, 2020 - 12:13 PM

A Vernon car dealership is giving away two free vehicles to families in the community who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.

Vernon's Bannister Honda has launched it's Giving Back Campaign and over the next two months is asking the community to nominate deserving families affected by COVID-19 and in need of reliable transportation.

"We thought what can we do to help... families who might be really down on their luck and really need help," Bannister Honda partner and general manager Pat Loehndorf told "We just want to help out the community and do our part, it's our obligation to do that."

The two vehicles — a 2008 Honda Civic and a Toyota Corolla — will be be given away over the next two months, and a panel of staff will choose from the nominations on the 26th of each month. Each vehicle has been serviced and cleaned and Loehndorf stresses there's no catch.

Loehndorf said even before the coronavirus a lot of people are struggling and living paycheque to paycheque.

Loehndorf said his business is seeing the effects of COVID-19 firsthand.

"I've got 36 employees and I'm down to six," he said. "We've always believed in giving back more than we take from our community."

The contest is aimed at Vernon and North Okanagan residents. To nominate a worthy recipient, or to nominate yourself for a free vehicle, go here.

Correction: This story was updated at 1 p.m. Wednesday April 1, 2020. An earlier version said the vehicles were worth $5,000 each.

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