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Giving Back this Holiday Season

Giving Back this Holiday Season

 

It’s important to remember that the Holiday season is about so much more than shopping for gifts and sipping on peppermint mochas. This time of year, the team at 171 Nissan likes to make an effort to remember those less fortunate who don’t have the same luxuries as us. During the Holiday season, it’s more important than ever to give back to children, veterans, and others who may be in need. Here are some ideas on giving back this Holiday.

Donate to a Cause

There are tons of reputable charities all over the country who can use your funds for a good cause. One option near 171 Nissan is CASA of West Central Louisiana. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children are a group of community volunteers who work to find safe, loving, permanent solutions to children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Your donation this time of year could help a child have a special, memorable Holiday season.

Volunteer

If you don’t have money to give, you may instead have time, and volunteering can be just as meaningful and helpful to those in need. Local food pantries, such as God’s Food Box in DeRidder, Louisiana, are always looking for people to help serve those in need, especially during this time of year.

Take Part in the Season of Giving at the Food Bank in Alexandria

Take Part in the Season of Giving at the Food Bank in Alexandria

As the end of 2017 rapidly approaches, so begins the season of giving. Every year around the holidays, people come together and give back to their communities, donate to their favorite charities, and help out their loved ones. There are plenty of ways to give back, and while we at 171 Nissan celebrate all forms of giving, we want to share some information about a food bank that lies close to home and that you can donate to.

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana truly represents the spirit of giving. Located right here in Alexandria, the Food Bank of Central Louisiana relies upon the support of private donations in order to serve the community and help families in need. As a result, the Food Bank is able to serve over 22,400 people every month. With a mere $1 donation, the Food Bank can provide five meals to families, and the donation of canned goods furthers their mission of serving the hungry of Central Louisiana. In 2016 alone, they distributed over 6.9 million pounds of food to those in our community who are in need of food assistance.

There are three main ways to take part in the season of giving and help out the Food Bank of Central Louisiana: monetary donations, donating food (canned goods and other nonperishable food products, as well as fresh produce), and donating your time by volunteering at the food bank. For more information about how you can help, visit https://www.fbcenla.org/.

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Volunteer During the Holidays at Deridder Food Pantries

DeRidder Food Pantries

The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. That’s why we’ve written a post on local food pantries, listing some of the great organizations that work to help those in need in the area. There are many Deridder food pantries that can use donations and volunteers this time of year, so volunteer your time today.

According to FoodPantries.org, one of the top food pantries in the area is God’s Food Box. Collecting and distributing food for those in need is this organization’s main goal. You can help by giving time, money, or food. Contact Boca Helping Hands if you would like to volunteer here over the holidays.

The Beauregard Community Action Association also provides support in the Deridder area. This location is for low-income families and individuals, providing USDA commodities, Medicaid, emergency shelter, community housing development, and more. Open from 8am to 4pm, you can call for more information.

Located a short drive away, the Vernon Community Action Council also helps those in need in the area. This non-profit social service agency can help low-income families, the homeless, the crisis-stricken, and more. Providing emergency assistance, crisis intervention, clothing, food, medical transport, and budget management among other things, the Vernon Community Action Council is glad to take donations and support.  For more information, feel free to reach out to us at 171 Nissan! We would be glad to help!

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The Dangers of Drunk Driving: Staying Responsible on the Road

Driving Safely

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, a holiday synonymous with good cheer and Irish celebrations. However, this time of year is also one of the worst when it comes to impaired driving. At 171 Nissan we want everyone to have a great holiday, but we also want everyone to have a safe one as well.  Statistically, someone is killed every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash, a number that increases this time of year.

Last year, roughly 9,878 people were victims of alcohol-impaired drivers, demonstrating the dangers of drunk driving. According to the CDC, the two groups most at risk are young people and motorcyclists. In fact, one of the leading causes for the deaths of young people is alcohol-related vehicle accidents.

So, what can you do to prevent these drunk-driving numbers from increasing?? If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. There is no way to become sober other than through time, which means that cold showers, coffee, and other remedies are just myths. To put it simply, your body must digest and eliminate the alcohol in your system. Impairment is directly related to the rate of alcohol consumption, as well as the percentage of alcohol consumption. That means that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is affected by both how fast/often you drink a beverage, and by how much alcohol is in a beverage.

Knowing what is in your drink is also important. Beers tend to have 3.5% to 6% of alcohol (some have up to 12%), wines have 8% to 20%, and distilled liquors can have up to 95% alcohol (though most top-shelf brands have 45% to 80%). You should also be aware that fortified beers and wines tend to have much higher alcohol content than normal.

Everyone is different, which is why it is important to know you limits. If you have been drinking at all, you need to get a ride or call a taxi. Drink and drive responsibly. For more information on drinking and driving, visit DoSomething.org.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means now is the time to decide what you’re going to do for that special someone in your life. If he or she spends more time with their car than they do with you, consider one of these Valentine’s Day gifts for car lovers.

Valentine's Day Gift

  • Satellite radio subscription. Once you’ve experienced commercial-free radio, it’s hard to go back. If your love spends hours commuting each week, get him/her a subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio. They have a variety of packages
  • Car detail. There’s nothing quite like driving a car that has been expertly cleaned inside and out. Even if you can’t give your sweet someone a new car, you can make their old one feel new again with a good ole’ car detailing.
  • Accessories. Get your love some sweet accessories to make their car even more awesome. Or, if they’re working on a custom job, get them the part they have been saving up for. Here at 171 Nissan, we have a fully-stocked parts department for all of your Nissan accessory needs.
  • Exotic car experience. If your significant other has been dreaming of Lamborghinis and Maseratis his or her whole life, get them an exotic car experience, from someplace like Cloud 9 Living. They can experience the thrills of driving a variety of high-performance cars.

Will you be giving your special someone a car-themed gift for Valentine’s Day this year?

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Holiday Travel Tips

airplane

Happy holidays from everyone at 171 Nissan! If you plan on traveling, whether to see family and friends or to take a relaxing vacation, there are a few things you can do to ease the stress. Traveling this time of year means crowds, delays, and high ticket prices. Thankfully you can avoid all of those things with our holiday travel tips!

Crowds. Generally speaking, most people like to travel during the middle of the day, resulting in large crowds. To avoid getting caught up in the crowd, it’s important to pick the right time to fly. Early mornings and late at night are the best times as most people are at home or have already left for the day.

Delays. Some delays simply can’t be avoided but you can lower the chances you’ll have to deal with one. Early morning flights don’t see delays as often as other flights as they’re the first to leave the airport. If you do experience a delay, it’ll likely be shorter than the one that stems from it later in the day.

High Ticket Prices. Paying less for your ticket is as easy as booking your flight far in advance. Ticket prices tend to rise as more seats are booked and the holidays draw nearer. Book early and save some money!

Tell us about some of the other Holiday Travel Tips that have helped you in the past!

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