Club's car show will help kids this Christmas

Photo by Stacey Hairston

Members of the Ramblers Car Club will collect toys and donations for underprivileged children on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. The group’s second annual car show is open to all makes and models of vehicles and motorcycles.

The Ramblers Car Club will host its second annual car show and toy drive this weekend to benefit local children in need of a brighter holiday.

The event will kick off Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s West Hall parking lot.

A swap meet for used car parts will begin at 8 a.m. with a $25 fee to participate.

Car show registration begins at 10 a.m. with a $10 entry fee. The event is open to all makes and models of vehicles and motorcycles.

“There is no need to pre-register,” said Club President Chad Quinn. “Just show up with your car.”

A list of underprivileged local children and their Christmas wishes has been provided to the club by Franklin County Faith Network, a local nonprofit organization that assists families at risk for hunger and homelessness.

“It’s really heart-wrenching,” Quinn said. “The list doesn’t really include toys. These kids are asking for things like chips and cookies. Things most kids take for granted every day.”

Quinn said he and his wife try to do something for families in need over the holidays every year. Several years ago, they held a benefit car and bike ride for a friend in need. The car show and toy drive stemmed from that.

“The club members came up with this idea last year, and we decided to just do it,” Quinn said. “It turned out better than we expected. We were able to raise over $400 in toys and helped about 30 kids. This year we hope to do even better.”

Quinn said the event isn’t just for “car people.”

“There will be something for everyone,” he said.

Concessions will be sold and vendors will be set up in the parking lot selling a variety of “non-car” items. A DJ will be playing music, along with two local bands.

“We will also raffle various items donated by local businesses,” he said. “The whole purpose is to make sure all kids have something for Christmas.”

Custom trophies will be awarded to winning vehicles entered in the car show.

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