Tayshen Automotive in Delta is celebrating 13 years of collecting food and offering customers discounts on services from now until Nov. 23.

Food collected during the drive which began Aug. 4 will be donated to the Delta Food Pantry and Tayshen Automotive will donate $1 to Welcome Home Alliance For Veterans per food donation. The automotive repair store located at 105 ½ Eaton Street also offers customers $1 off any service per donated item.

In 2020, Tayshen collected a recorded 4,004 canned food items, this year its goal is 5,000. In 2019, the business collected 2,871 food items. To date the business has collected over 1,000 food items to help feed hungry families and individuals residing in Delta County.

In the past, Tayshen’s cash donation has gone to support The Abraham Connection homeless shelter in Delta. This year Jami Taylor, Tayshen Automotive owner, said she felt moved to make the cash donation to Welcome Home Alliance For Veterans. The non-profit organization located in Montrose serves both Montrose and Delta County veterans.

“We love our active and retired military,” said Taylor, a proud Blue Star Mother.

Taylor’s son Salem Shenold is a corporal with the US Army stationed at Fort Carson. He served 11 months in Afghanistan before returning home in May 2021. Taylor also noted that the business’s Automotive Service Manager, Barry Olson is retired Navy.

In keeping with long-held tradition, the large windows at Tayshen Automotive are painted with incredible artwork. This year, Taylor has gone all out sporting a colorful patriotic theme.

“I have the different branches of the service, I have their emblems. I have a huge eagle that’s all red, white and blue and of course I have the Blue Star mom flag. I had the windows done right when my son got deployed to Afghanistan. I haven’t had them redone because number one, they’re absolutely beautiful and I am perfectly happy just promoting patriotism,” Taylor said.

Taylor continues to show enthusiasm for the food drive that has lasted over a decade as well as expresses deep gratitude for Tayshen Automotive’s loyal customers throughout the years.

“It’s exciting that this is our 13th year doing this. The generosity of our customers is astounding,” Taylor said, “It tears me up. It’s amazing to me, the power of the love our customers show, it’s just amazing.

The presentation of food items to Delta Food Pantry and the cash donation to Welcome Home Alliance For Veterans is planned for Nov. 23 in front of Tayshen Automotive.

Lisa Young is a staff writer for the Delta County Independent

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