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Next Generation Auto hosts annual turkey drive

Next Generation Auto staff posed last year with the donations from the annual Turkey Drive, which will run again this year through Nov. 17. Pictured from left are Cody Suckow, Amy Johnson, Shawn Kline holding daughter Shelby, Kjirsten Kline, Tyler Palm, Lulu Austrum, Jeremy Austrum, Daisy Austrum, Chaz Baguhn and Melissa Renard. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Austrum

With the beginning of the holiday season, Next Generation Auto in Hudson and Baldwin is continuing its annual Turkey Drive.

A portion of the cost of every service will be donated to purchase turkeys and the fixings, as well as other needs like toiletries.

"The first two years we did it was just turkeys," owner Jeremy Austrum said.

Since then, the drive has looked to fill the needs of those in the area, beyond Thanksgiving day. The donations will be made to the local food pantries in Hudson and Baldwin.

The drive started shortly after owners Austrum and Shawn Kline opened Next Generation Auto in Baldwin in 2011. The Hudson shop, that opened this year, will join in now.

"It's grown every year to more and more," Austrum said.

The drive runs through Nov. 17. At the end of it, Austrum, Kline and the rest of the staff come together to make the purchases to donate.

"We had a great time being able to go, when we actually went out as a team to pick up the food," Austrum said. "That was a fun experience."

The tradition has continued because Austrum said it's a good way for the business to give back.

"A business, a successful one, should be giving back somehow in their community," he said.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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