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Dealership Donates Turkeys to Homeless Shelter

VICTORVILLE, Calif.(– When a local dealership and a local news agency team up to help a local non-profit organization, good things happen. Valley Hi Toyota in Victorville had an idea to deliver Thanksgiving turkeys to non-profit where many people could watch and in part, encourage local residents and businesses to contribute during this season as well.

From left to right: Hugo Valdez, Brian Ortega, and Jimmy Waldron
From left to right: Hugo Valdez, Brian Ortega, and Jimmy Waldron

Victor Valley News is the premiere digital news outlet in the High Desert with a Facebook group following of over 80,000 people. “This was a perfect time to use our resources and team up with VVNG for this opportunity to help the community out,” says Todd Stokes, General Manager at Valley Hi Toyota. “We give prizes, cars, and tickets out to individuals; this time we wanted to provide a group of people have something for the holidays.”

The call to Jimmy Waldron, director at High Desert Homeless Services was placed last Friday to confirm a delivery date. “I called Jimmy to let him know the dealership wanted to donate turkeys to the shelter- the excitement and enthusiasm in his voice was all I needed to hear to know this was the right place,” said Brian Ortega, Social Media Marketing Manager at Valley Hi Toyota.

Valley Hi Toyota then contacted VVNG to schedule a Facebook Live event in order to bring awareness and propose to others to get involved this giving season. On Friday, November 17 around 2pm, Ortega, along with Hugo and Gabriel of VVNG drove off to Winco to purchase and pick up 16 turkeys in in the Victor Valley News Truck, a 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Offroad edition. That’s when the team went live on Facebook.

“It’s a great way for the local community can keep track of what is transpiring in the area”, said Hugo Valdez of VVNG. “We know more and more people are watching the news on the devices they’re holding in their hands. Plus it allows them to interact and participate with the broadcaster.” The short trip to High Desert Homeless Services allowed the group to field questions and bring good news when the majority of news isn’t about positivity. Watch the full video of the turkey delivery here.

Upon arrival, they were greeted with smiles and gratefulness of the team at HDHS on 14049 Amargosa Rd. Victorville, California 92392 Waldron continued his excitement and eagerness to support the families located at the facility. “Everything we do here is strictly by donations from the public. We have over 55 people stay here, 3 meals a day, it would be tough so we appreciate the public donations, and this makes Thanksgiving even more special. Thank’s Valley Hi Toyota. This is awesome.”

High Desert Homeless Services is always accepting donations through their website: or to help raise funds for a new vehicle visit their Go Fund Me account at

The shelter will provide a full Thanksgiving meal to local homeless families. They are still in need of yams, pumpkin pies, marshmallows, stuffing, and hams.

Valley Hi Toyota is currently building a state-of-the-art dealership. Black Friday specials are going on new where you can save $4,000 off a new 2017 Camry or 2016 Tundra 4×2.

Currently, Valley Hi Toyota is holding a contest to win $100 for Thanksgiving dinner on their Facebook page, final entry is Monday, November 21. Enter HERE. Please Like and follow these organizations to support and bring awareness.

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