Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
WEST ORANGE —
A special event being held early Thursday morning will help make a difference for a local family this holiday season.
The third annual Granger Chevrolet and KOGT Radio Chevy Can Drive is being held from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at Granger Chevrolet on MacArthur Drive in West Orange. The purpose of the benefit event is to collect canned goods and other non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Salvation Army of Orange County and to Orange Christian Services.
Gary Stelly, owner of KOGT radio, said the event has grown tremendously since it began in 2010.
“The first time we did this event was because there was a real need for help at both the Salvation Army and Orange Christian Services,” Stelly said. “It went so well, we decided to make it an annual event.”
Stelly said the proceeds from the food drive are “split right down the middle” and presented to both organizations.
“We are getting an earlier start this year, and we think that will help us have a better turnout,” Stelly added. “People don’t even have to get out of their cars. We will have people standing by to help them, but, if they want, they can get out, come say good morning, and have some coffee and donuts.”
The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce is also having its monthly “breakfast connection” meeting at Granger Chevrolet and many area businesses and community leaders will be present.
Stelly will broadcast his whole morning radio show live from the local car dealer on Thursday morning, and, at the same time, attempt to get people to lend a helping hand by making donations.
“It makes you feel good knowing you are helping others who might need a little bit of help this Christmas,” Stelly explained. “It doesn’t take much to make a big difference for someone.”
As a special incentive, local businesses, groups and organizations will be able to compete for bragging rights on who makes the biggest donation as the winner will received the “Mirror Can Trophy” for one year. The previous winner was Little Cypress Intermediate School.
Stelly said people should not worry if they cannot attend the “Chevy Can Drive” this morning.
“People can still drop items off during the day or any other time for that matter,” he said. “We’ll be glad to get it to them still.”