There are plenty of tough stories stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and we highlighted one a couple of weeks ago involving Charity Salyers, the owner of Vittles Restaurant in Smyrna, Georgia. After the coronavirus outbreak severely impacted her business, Salyers sold her Ford Mustang to help pay her rent for two months, then divided up the remaining proceeds from the sale among her eight employees.
Thankfully, this story of incredible generosity got around, and people willing to help Salyers were listening. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Savannah Volkswagen of (you guessed it!) Savannah, Georgia caught wind of the story and stepped in to help out. The dealership shipped Salyers a 2017 Toyota RAV4 this week to replace her Ford Mustang.
Salyers told AJC that the dealership reached out to her around a week after her story hit the news. It offered to cover the payments on the used RAV4, which has 30,000 miles on the clock, for around six months. Needless to say, Salyers was humbled by the generous move. “They wanted to do what they could to get me another vehicle,” she said. “I was just shocked, and just grateful.”
Jennita Orr, the finance manager at Savannah Volkswagen, said she saw Salyer’s story online and shared it with her general manager, Anthony Bryant. “We’re always looking for stories like this and looking to give back,” she said. “We thought it was a great opportunity because we don’t have many people who would sacrifice themselves for others and in this time, we all need each other.”
And that isn’t the only positive effect this news story has had on Salyer’s life, either. She told AJC that business at Vittles has picked up since the story was published, with some customers traveling from as far as 40 miles away to come eat at the restaurant.
Obviously, we would have preferred to see Salyers back in another Ford Mustang, or any Ford vehicle, for that matter, but we also appreciate the willingness of Savannah Volkswagen to provide her with a means of transportation for the short term. Hopefully, six months from now, the COVID-19 pandemic will be behind us and she’ll be able to get back behind the wheel of Ford’s galloping pony.
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