No one should be alone during the holidays, but that’s often the case for military personnel and their families. Fortunately, Operation We Are Here is chock full of programs, ideas, and ways to help military personnel during the holidays.
Help Create a Thanksgiving Meal Basket
There are a variety of organizations that take part in creating Thanksgiving meal baskets for members of the military. You can take part by bringing non-perishable food items to a location near you. It’s always better to have more than enough food for Thanksgiving meal baskets than not enough.
Invite a Military Member Over for the Holidays
Inviting a member of the military to Thanksgiving dinner or to celebrate the Christmas cheer is a great way to say thank you and provide them with food and merriment. If that isn’t an option, see if a local soup kitchen, church, or other organization in your area is working to help military families this holiday season.
Adopt a Military Family
Not all military personnel can return home for the holidays, and that can make their deployment even tougher than it already is for everyone involved. Create a care package and send it to those deployed, or take part in Shoeboxes for Military Spouses, a program that does exactly what the name entails.
We here at Highway Ford hope you’ll take part in thanking those who serve our great nation.
The DeRidder High School football team is back in action for the fall 2017 season! The DeRidder Dragons will play nine games from September through November, so don’t forget to come out to the games at home and support your local sports teams.
DeRidder had its first home game against Washington-Marion of Lake Charles last week, and the next game will take place at Jennings High School in Jennings. The game after that will be another away game, this one at Natchitoches Central High School in Natchitoches.
The Dragons’ next home game is on September 29, against Pickering. There are three home games left in the season after this one, including the last game on November 3, providing plenty of opportunities for fans to go out and watch a game in DeRidder. The other games of the season will take place in Tioga and Buckeye.
At Highway Ford, we’re proud to be part of a community that’s so supportive of its local sports teams like the DeRidder Dragons. Find out more about the season here, and check out the merchandise available so you can show off your DeRidder pride, look at the roster, and much more. Have a great season, team.
A family road trip is something every American should experience at least once in their lives. There are quite a few road trips from DeRidder that can make this summer great. The 2017 Ford Escape is the perfect crossover to take along for the drive. The latest model earns up to an EPA-estimated 29 highway mpg, making it perfect for a day trip*. Check out the latest model today at Highway Ford.
Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Rip Van Winkle Gardens stretches across 20 acres and is just a two and a half hour drive from DeRidder. The Joseph Jefferson Home sits on the property. Home to the acclaimed actor, it was built in 1870 and is currently on the National Register of Historical Places. The gardens draw their name from Jefferson’s role as Rip Van Winkle in theater.
Kistachie National Forest
Kistachie National Forest traverses seven parishes and more than 600,000 acres of land. The natural beauty and purest form of Mother Nature makes it a popular attraction. Best of all, it’s only an hour and 45 minutes from DeRidder.
Have you ever wondered where Tabasco sauce comes from? As it turns out, you can visit the very place. Avery Island is just shy of a three hour drive from DeRidder.
Chico State Park
Chico State Park covers more than 6,400 acres of hills and water in Southern Louisiana. Lake Chicot is a popular spot for fisherman year after year. Pack your gear in the Ford Escape! Chico State Park is just a 90 minute drive from DeRidder.
Summer is the perfect time to fire up your grill and do some barbecuing, and what better way to do it than with the internet’s favorite barbecue recipes? From hearty meat dishes to vegetarian options to food from around the world, there are all kinds of recipes to explore this summer beyond burgers.
For the meat lovers, there’s a whole world of fun, unique recipes to try, like these Sweet Cola Ribs on Food Network’s website and this smoked salmon recipe. Try out Bobby Flay’s pork loin with Belgian Ale marinade or these unique ribs with peach barbecue sauce.
Meat isn’t the only thing you can grill, though. Really you can grill just about anything, even fruit! Grilled peaches and pineapples get a beautiful char that brings out all that sweet flavor, while a grilled banana caramelizes into gooey perfection, and pears and cantaloupe can be grilled and added to decadent desserts.
Of course, everyone likes a good side dish. Potatoes are always a favorite—new potatoes cook up perfectly for potato salads—and eggplant can be grilled and put on sandwiches or blended up for baba ganoush. Asparagus, squash, peppers, and mushrooms—make a grilled veggie salad or pop them on skewers with a few bites of chicken or steak!
Finally, the grill is perfect for putting a tasty char on pita bread or naan to make a fresh, summery Greek salad sandwich or a great dipper for your curry. Whatever you’re looking to throw on the grill this summer, there’s a recipe for you!
For ideas about transporting your grill for tailgating or camping, storing food in your car, and more, give us a call at Highway Ford or check out our website!
Responsible car owners know that keeping your car clean all year round can be a bit of a hassle, but it has to be done. Most drivers tend to hold back on cleaning the car during winter weather for obvious reasons. Spring brings warmer weather, which means this is the perfect time to clean out your car. Here are a few spring car cleaning tips from us here at Highway Ford!
- Trunk – Some drivers tend to load their trunk up with items that they don’t want to take inside to limit their time in the cold. Remove the items and put them in their proper place. Take the time to check the spare tire while you’re at it, while adding an emergency kit wouldn’t be a bad idea.
- Wheels – The wheels of a car tend to collect dirt, grime, and salt throughout winter. Remove the hubcaps and scrub them clean, then move on to the tires and wheel wells. Once everything is nice and shiny, replace the hubcaps, tighten the lug nuts, and check the tire pressure.
- Wax – Washing your car is a given, but waxing is a good idea as well. A sleek coat of wax can help protect paint and keep your car looking pristine. Take your time to do the job right, and your car will shine in the sunlight in no time!