The silver lining in any tragedy is the community that forms around those who have been affected. Right now, the economic impact of COVID-19 is being felt by many in the Sioux Empire. And Jerry Barr, owner of Jerry’s Auto Group, is stepping in to help some of those in our community who might be a little low on money, yet still high on hope.

“We’re trying to lift some spirits,” Barr said. “I’ve been in business for 41 years and I’ve had a lot of people come to do business with me. I just want to give back.”

So Barr and his team are doing daily giveaways from now until “your heart smiles again.” They’re giving away Hy-Vee gift cards, cash and oil changes to help ease the burden many are feeling right now through the loss of household income. Whether it’s groceries or a “maybe a few treats,” Barr wants to spread a little joy.

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“We’ve given away a few now,” said Barr, “and one guy said it absolutely made his day.”

South Dakota has not been immune to the layoffs caused by social-distancing measures enacted around the world. Many locally-owned bars, restaurants, retail, and other businesses have shuttered temporarily or transitioned to take-out and delivery models. According to the SD Department of Labor, weekly unemployment claims nearly tripled from Mar 22-28 from the previous week.

Which is why Barr wants to remind us that we’re all in this together, “one thing affects the other, it’s a domino effect. And while things are tough right now, we’re gonna get through this.” For more information and to enter to win, visit Jerry’s Auto Group’s website here.

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