By: Jarret Romanello
Photos by Shawn O’Brien
Dyer Auto is helping the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office bring gifts to struggling families this Holiday Season.
Dyer Chevy Fort Pierce recently presented the Dyer Difference Award to the Sheriff’s Office along with a $3,000 donation for their annual “Shop with a Cop” event.
Each year, the Sheriff’s Office collects donations to send underprivileged kids shopping with deputies to spend quality time together and purchase holiday presents. “This is our fifth year sponsoring Shop with a Cop, and it’s one of our company’s favorite causes,” said Tatiana Dyer.
And after sponsoring Shop with a Cop, Tatiana went shopping for the Sheriff’s Police Athletic League (PAL). That’s because Fort Pierce Dyer Chevy General Manager Jonathan Holmes put a PAL Toy Run box in his dealership showroom for customers to drop off gifts so deputies can hand them out. “We love the idea of deputies giving toys to kids that need them to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the community,” Holmes said.
Holmes’ management team all agreed to voluntary payroll deductions to raise money to fill the box, and in the end, Tatiana went on a $700 shopping spree. “The generosity of our Fort Pierce management team amazes me,” Tatiana said. The toys will be delivered to the 15th Annual St. Luice County Toy Run on Sunday, December 12, 2021.
The Fort Pierce managers’ generosity should come as no surprise to Tatiana. Each month, members of Dyer Auto select a non-profit organization in Indian River, St. Lucie, and Polk County for the Dyer Difference Award. A winning organization in each county gets recognition for their difference in the community and a check for $ 3,000. So far, Dyer Auto has donated over $1 Million through the Dyer Difference Award. “We love giving back to organizations making a difference in our community,” Ms. Dyer said.
“This year, the Sheriff’s Office will make the Christmas season brighter for 6,000 children and adults in St. Lucie County. We are so thankful for the support of organizations like Dyer Chevrolet, D&D Garage Doors, and the Children’s Services Council, along with countless residents and neighborhood groups that make this outreach effort possible.” – Chief Deputy Brian Hester.
This holiday season, disadvantaged kids will have positive interactions with deputies and receive gifts thanks to the difference Dyer is making.