ST. GEORGE — The fifth annual “Car Guys Care Toys for Tots Classic Car Show & Shine” will take place in the parking lot of Ricardo’s Restaurant, 1110 S. Bluff St. in St George, Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
This year’s car show is presented by Southern Utah Mustang Owners Association & Classic Ford Club, Rods & Rebels Hot Rod Club, Color Country Corvettes, Southern Utah All-Gens Camaro Club, Dixie 4 Wheel Drive, and MSG Productions.
Everyone with a car, truck or motorcycle is invited and encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations while touring the car show and spending time with Santa Claus. Please do not wrap your toy donations. All toys collected at the car show will go to families in the community.
Ricardo’s Restaurant is offering a 2-for-1 on all menu items and $2 draft beer for anyone supporting Toys for Tots, Ricardo’s Manager Christina Krompel said.
Entertainment for the event being provided by song artist Deon Mendenhall singing Christmas songs and soft rock.
This event began five years ago when Southern Utah car clubs had no way to distribute the toys being collected, said Shane Dastrup, president of the Southern Utah Mustang Owners Association & Classic Ford Club.
The clubs then got together and started Car Guys Care and created the car show in support of the Toys for Tots Foundation. It also provided a way to distribute the toys through Toys for Tots Present Deliveries .
“Every year this event has grown in popularity and in the number of donated items and cash,” Dastrup said.
“Last year we presented Toys For Tots Coordinator retired Marine Gy. Sgt. Rick Massey $2,396 in cash,” Dastrup said, “along with 17 bicycles and 14 large boxes of donated toys which were loaded into a truck.”
The Toys for Tots Foundation, a Marine Corps organization that started in 1927, was created to bring toys to needy children for Christmas. Retired Marine Gy. Sgt. Rick Massey, who had been on recruit duty in Washington County during his service, was appointed to coordinate the program in the area. Toys were delivered to 284 families in 2014 and more are expected this year.
Toys for Tots Foundation Upcoming Events:
- Dec. 16 from 5:00 pm till complete, the Marine Corps League No. 1270 will join forces with Coins for Kids and the community to support the shopping endeavor at the Bloomington Wal-Mart
- Dec. 17 from 8:00 am till complete, the Marine Corps League No. 1270 will join forces with Coins for Kids and the community in huge wrapping extravaganza at Dixie Community Center. Everything purchased from the evening before, and toys provided by the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program will be wrapped and staged for delivery.
- Dec. 19 Toys for Tots Crew will need much help to make numerous deliveries throughout the county. Vehicles, Santas, and helpers will be needed. Please send Rick an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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