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Car club continues to bring the spirit of Christmas to needy families

December 18, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

This week, as people are wrapping up their Christmas shopping, the Austintown Fire Department will be joining forces with the Chicken Coupe Cruisers car club to bring the Christmas spirit to needy Austintown families. The car club has been doing this annual event for 13 years.

"We have raised and gave away close to $60,000," said Dick Frost, member of the Chicken Coupe Cruisers.

From Spring until Fall, the Chicken Coupe Cruisers hosts a car cruise at Quaker Steak and Lube in Austintown. Through raffles and donations, funds are raised for the Christmas-time program.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Hot rods and firetrucks are all it takes to bring the spirit of Christmas to needy families. Pictured are fire Austintown fighters Bill Bussey, Ricky Manning and Fred Marcum, who is accepting a check from Chicken Coupe Cruisers car club member Dick Frost.

This year, the car club raised $3,000 for the program which is down from prior years. Frost said it was due to the rain outs for the Sunday cruises.

Frost, along with car club members Harry Barber, Billy King, and John and Nancy Fox help raise the money and prepare it for the delivery. The funds are used to buy a variety of gift cards including food stores, department stores, clothing stores and even to help with utilities.

"We will deliver the cards around Dec. 20 so the families can shop and get what they need in time," Frost said.

He said the hardest part of the program is the initial call. Frost gets the families through the school counselors and then must call and set up a delivery time. The families often don't realize what they will be receiving.

On delivery day, Frost starts out at the fire station by joining the crew on one of the fire trucks. They take off and make their stops. At each house Frost and the fire fighters will go into the house and hand delver the gift cards, which often surprise the families.

"They can become very emotional," Frost said.

Without the program, these Austintown families may not have a Christmas. Thanks to the Chicken Coupe Cruisers and the Austintown Fire Department, a few more smiles will be present around the family tree this year.

 
 

 

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