San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concentration of military personnel.  More than 15,000 active duty service members transition out of active duty service in San Diego each year. More than half of those transitioning want to stay in San Diego, which is the number one destination for veterans returning from service. There are more veterans in San Diego than there are active duty personnel. More than 240,000 veterans reside here in America’s finest city.**

And for those who serve our country, we wanted to say thanks by giving away free gas, to fill their tanks (car tanks, that is).

Heading into Veteran’s Day, we sent our Helpful Honda Guys to local gas stations in San Diego and Chula Vista to help a few of our local heroes. Grateful veterans shared kind words, saying, “I don’t think you guys even realize just how amazing this is. Thank you, really.” And, “The gas money I had can go to my kid’s groceries now.” Helping those who sacrifice and help so many others, is one small way we could show our gratitude and appreciation for our veterans. We thank you for your service.

“But what about us Honda drivers?” you ask. We didn’t forget about you! We came back during the year’s busiest travel holiday week – Thanksgiving –  and visited local gas stations in Poway, El Cajon, San Diego, Escondido and Vista to help Honda drivers to free gas! Helping you save some money at the pumps is, well, just another way we’re being helpful! We really like meeting new followers, like those who were surprised to see us and shared, “This is such a blessing!” and “Literally, nothing’s better than free gas these days!” We also really like when you come back to visit with us! Being a Honda driver does have its perks, and this Honda driver couldn’t have said it any better: “I will never buy anything but a Honda again. I’ve been following you guys forever, and am so happy I do!”

As the holiday season approaches, we’re sending our Helpful Honda blue elves to surprise families at The Arc of San Diego – the largest, most comprehensive provider of services for people with disabilities in San Diego County. We’re helping with a pop-up holiday gift shop, where participating families and kids can pick out their own Christmas gift. From scooters, to toys, to bikes and trikes, we’re so excited to see everyone’s happy faces. We’re also bringing warm, holiday meals to the clients of Father Joe’s, a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness, one life at a time. In addition to meals, we’re bringing everyone winter essentials like blankets, gloves, beanies, and socks to help them stay warm. We’ll also make a donation to Father Joe’s so they can continue to help more people in need.

To learn more about what we’re up to, how you can help, or how we can help you, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at SDHondaDealers. Happy, helpful holidays, everyone!