Jan 8

2018 Chilly Willys Charity Drive & Challenge

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It was another great year for the Chilly Willys Charity Drive, with even more donations that the year before and lots of new participants. It is also the first year we have gone to the Midvale location due to the Rio Grande location no longer housing the homeless. We also were able to complete the Chilly Willys Challenge, which is driving a 1948 Jeep Willys from our home to Larry H Miller in Sandy and then on to the shelter. This is done with no top or doors on the vehicle, and no heater. I was also joined by a co-pilot for the first time, my dad, who toughed out the cold weather along with me. Some of the group started the day out with me at my home in Lehi making final preparations and convoying up to Larry H Miller. Once at the dealership we passed out special holiday stickers for the event, maps with the route to the center on them, details about what to do when at the center, and Santa handed out treats and toys to the children. The convoy then took to the street and made its way to the center, where donations were dropped off and candy canes with cocoa was provided. It was a great day spent with great people, and plans are already underway on making next year even better. Thank you to all who donated and participated in the event. This really makes a huge difference for those in need and reminds us of the true reason for the season. Til' Next Time! Photos courtesy of Steven Nielsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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