It’s easy to lose focus with the gift-buying craze of the
holidays. But this year, gather the family together and spend some time giving
back instead of accumulating presents. Not only will you be helping your
neighbors, but you’ll have a more fulfilling Christmas. Here are just five ways
to give back this holiday season.
Kids who have to stay in the hospital over Christmas enjoy
getting a bit of mail. Visit Hugs and Hope or Send Kids the World to find
names, pictures, and addresses of sick children who could use a handmade card.
Don’t stop there. Residents of veteran’s or nursing homes would appreciate
these messages too.
Support the Troops
You can easily send holiday care packages to overseas
soldiers with one of the many Adopt a Solider programs. It makes a big impact
on the troops who can’t come home for Christmas and teaches your kids about
their noble sacrifice of duty.
Sponsor a Family
Whether you pick a tag off of a local “Giving Tree” or
participate in the Box Project, your family can help a struggling family have a
Christmas to remember. It’s an easy way to keep your focus on others in the
business of the season.
Gifts that Give
Instead of giving a gift to a family member, why not gift
someone else in their name? St. Jude, for example, throws Christmas parties for
the kids from donated funds. Knowing that there’s a hospital full of kids partying
is a heartfelt present for any recipient. Or send aid overseas. Samaritan’s
Purse has a gift catalog where you can donate money for education, medical, and
Random Acts of
See what’s needed around you as you go about a given day.
Buy a homeless person’s meal. Visit the elderly at a retirement home. Pay for a
tree for a low income family. Donate old toys to the local toy drive. Bring
cookies to the fire department. You can even leave change in a vending machine
or pay off the late fees for someone at a library.
Car tires can be one of the more expensive maintenance items you have to deal with when owning a car, so it’s important you purchase the right kind the first time you do so. This guide to buying new tires will ensure you’re prepared when the expenditure comes up.
Choose the Right Tire
Before you purchase your tires, it’s important you
understand what type you need. There are a few points to consider when doing
so. Take a look at your lifestyle, along with your driving habits and location.
You also need to look at your vehicle’s minimum requirements, which can be
found in your owner’s manual. There are different types of tires to choose
from, ranging from off-road options to those that are performance ready. If
you’re in doubt about the type of tires you should purchase next, Ken Nelson is
here to help you find the right option for your needs.
Pick the Right Seasonal Type
Along with finding the right tire for your driving habits,
it’s also important to consider the season you will be driving in. What are the
road conditions frequently like? For instance, in
Kansas City, you don’t want to mess around with our winters.
From snow to ice and everything in between, your tires will take a beating, and
all-season ones might not provide you with the traction you need. That’s why
you should consider getting winter tires if you live here, which Ken Nelson is
happy to provide for you. Picking the right seasonal tire can help you get the
grip and traction you need throughout the year.
Contact us here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet if you have any tire-related questions. You can also schedule a service appointment to install new tires or repair a leaky one.
Start with the bird. Instead of doing turkey with sides this
year, try making a turkey showcase. This recipe butterflies the turkey breast
and then stuffs slices of the meat with wild rice. To top it off, it gets
wrapped in bacon and then paired with a cranberry-apple chutney for a symphony
You’ve tried fried mac and cheese so make way for its cousin
this year. All it takes is mashed potatoes mixed with cheese and bacon, rolled
up into bite-sized pieces and deep fried to crispy perfection. No gravy
These tasty popsicles not only bring the full flavor of
pumpkin pie in a frozen format, but include healthy ingredients for a lighter
take on the traditional classic. Only takes five ingredients to make and you
can use Greek yogurt or coconut milk as the base.
Don’t stop there — consider wrapping the entire turkey in
bacon for extra flavor and juiciness. Try making cupcake-sized pies instead of
regular ones. Or substitute fried onions on your green bean casserole with fried
Contact us here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet to schedule your pre-holiday road trip service appointment. We’re here to help ensure that your travels are as safe as they are fun this season.
For 2020, GMC is adding a host of new features to its vehicles. The GMC lineup will boast upgraded safety systems as well as new designs and engines.
The GMC Terrain is getting standard GMC Pro Safety features on all trims, including features like Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assistance with Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert. The 2020 GMC Acadia is also getting new standard safety equipment like Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
New Off-Road Capability
The AT4 sub-brand under the GMC name provides
drivers with options for high-quality vehicles with off-road prowess. At first
only the Sierra HD trucks and the Sierra 1500 were available with AT4 models,
but the Acadia AT4 was just added as an option. A 2021 Canyon AT4 was also
recently announced, too.
Cutting-Edge Pickup Trucks
The Sierra 1500 is adding the option of a
Duramax® turbo-diesel engine, while drivers can also opt for the available
ProGrade Trailering System. The all-new Sierra HD trucks also come with more
trailering technology than ever before, the exclusive MultiPro tailgate, and a best-in-class
maximum gooseneck trailering rating of 35,500 pounds.* That’s 52-percent more
trailering power than the previous model year delivered.
For more information about future GMC models, contact us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Or stop by to test-drive one of the current GMC models in our inventory.
*Requires 3500 Regular Cab DRW 2WD equipped
with available 6.6L Duramax Diesel and gooseneck hitch.
No one expects to be in an auto collision, but sometimes you
find yourself in this unfortunate situation. That’s why you should be prepared
for what to do after a car accident.
According to Progressive, safety is a priority. That means you should move your vehicle out of traffic to a safe place (if the accident was minor). Use cones, triangles, and flares for added visibility to passing cars. And make sure to check for injuries on you and your passengers, as well as passengers in the other vehicle.
Next, call the police — even if it’s a minor accident. While
some drivers may want to haggle about paying for repairs, you’ll need a police
report in order to file an insurance claim. If you don’t call the police, sometimes
there’s no record that an accident occurred or, in some cases, that it wasn’t
After contacting the police, you’ll need to collect
information. Get the other driver’s name, license plate number, driver’s license
number, and insurance policy number. It’s also a smart idea to document the
scene with pictures. Use your smartphone to take photos of the car accident.
Additionally, collect the phone numbers of any potential witnesses in case you
or the insurance company need to contact them later.
Lastly, never admit fault at the accident scene — even if you think it was yours. The police will make a report to determine whose fault the collision was, at which point, the insurance company will take over and start processing the claim.
Contact us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet if your vehicle has been in a recent collision. Our Service Department is here to make the recovery process less stressful for both you and your ride