BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Classic Wheels Car Club (WVCWCC) raises money all year long from car shows and donates that money back to the community each year in an effort to help the children of Upshur County. Jim Gifford, President of the WVCWCC, stated, “Kids are my heart, and making sure they have a good Christmas is my passion. When I was growing up, we were lucky to get an apple. One year, we got BB guns and we thought we had died and gone to Heaven! So, making sure that kids less fortunate have a little extra means everything to me.”
The club donated a bountiful $1,000 to The Parish House on Friday afternoon. Parish House Director Kristi Wilkerson stated, “This is just wonderful, we are so grateful! The community is so giving and supportive and to use this money for children, I know just what to do with that!” Wilkerson will undoubtedly use the money in the most special way to support the children of the community as Gifford and the car club intended.
The Buckhannon-Upshur Christmas Store also received a generous donation from WVCWCC. The Christmas Store received a $500 gift, and the Director Lori Howes reported that the Christmas Store would use the money to buy items for the children of Upshur County. The Christmas Store is a non-profit organization that services low-income families with children age 18 and under, and provides those children with a new coat, hat, gloves, and age-appropriate gift at a cost of just $2 for each family. Howes stated, “We appreciate this donation. The Classic Wheels Car Club is a supporter of the Christmas Store every year.” Howes reported that the cost to run the store is between $8,000 and $12,000 each year.
In 2018, the Christmas Store served over 800 families. The applications are handed out at the schools in October of each year. Howes explained, “We are hopeful to help more families than we did last year, and this money will be put to good use buying necessary items for the children.” The Christmas Store does a great deal of fundraising throughout the year, from yard sales to their annual elimination dinner. Several businesses and individuals are also great supporters of this agency. Anyone interested in supporting the Christmas Store can contact the group on Facebook (Buckhannon-Upshur Christmas Store) or contact Howes at (304) 516-0490 or (304) 997-5350.
A third kind-hearted presentation by the Classic Wheels Car Club was made to the Central West Virginia Center for Pregnancy Care. This was the second donation made by the club to the pregnancy center this year. Once a car seat is purchased, the law mandates that they are only certified for five years; therefore, the pregnancy center is always seeking new car seats. The money received last Friday will be used to purchase brand new car seats for the center. CWVCPC Director Barbara Kincaid was not available Friday to receive the donation but she stated, “The pregnancy center was built on donations from the community and that is how we are able to assist families in need with no federal or state dollars, although we do try to write grants when available. So, the donation from Jim Gifford will be put to very good use for the purchase of car seats that are much needed for the safety and security of the babies.”
The community is grateful to have such compassionate clubs that generously donate the money they raise each year back into their community to help those that are less fortunate at the times when they most need extra support. Continue to follow The Record Delta and see pictures from the Classic Wheels Car Club at their future shows around town next summer.