Hearing a feel-good story about the generosity of others never gets old.
Recently, actor Gary Sinise’s gift to veterans and first responders started an avalanche of giving that totaled over a million dollars.
Supporting our troops
After Sinise’s role as Lieutenant Dan in the 1994 hit film “Forrest Gump,” he became involved in the plight of encouraging and helping those serving and who have served in the military. For starters, he frequently plays in a band named after his Forrest Gump character, the Lt. Dan Band, that performs at USO shows.
Sinise also formed the Gary Sinise Foundation to support veterans.
“When our veterans came home from the Vietnam War, they were not treated well and had to disappear into the shadows,” Sinise commented. “When we started deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, I wanted to do my part to make sure the men and women doing their part were appreciated.”
An avalanche of giving
Sinise’s most recent contribution involves a Jeep.
To raise money for veterans and first responders, Sinise chose to donate his 1984 Jeep C17 to the Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson auction. The Jeep was designed by Richard Rawling’s Gas Monkey Garage, and given a patriotic theme of stars and stripes.
The Jeep went for $200,000 at auction, a considerable amount to donate to veterans and first responders. And the giving didn’t end there.
The buyer decided to send the Jeep back through the auction again. Sinise added private dining with him and a tour of the Gary Sinise Foundation in Los Angeles to the auction package, and it sold for $100,000. This brought the donation total to $300,000.
But hold the phone—we’re not done!
Sunbelt Rentals generously added to the amount to the tune of one million dollars, bringing the grand total of donations for veterans and first responders to $1.3 million!
Sinise was ecstatic at the generosity of those who gave.
“There were a lot of veterans out there in the audience so I got to acknowledge them and say thank you,” he said.
As for Sinise’s experience with the whole process, he commented: “My first car auction, it’s going to be hard to top that.”
Here at Bryant Motors, we applaud Sinise’s support of our brave veterans and first responders. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend $200,000 on a Jeep if you’re in the market for a rugged, fully capable 4-wheel drive SUV.