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Toys collected by organization are distributed to needy youth by local charities

Oak Grove, SC (James Bowers) - Owners of pristine restored automobiles typically avoid displaying their cars in wet, cold weather. Because of the weather Saturday,there was hardly a classic Chevy in sight at the Columbia Classic Chevy Club’s Monthly “Cruise In” at Woodberry Plaza on Augusta Highway near West Columbia. However, the club’s most important mission scheduled for that day, collecting toys for less fortunate children in the community, was still a success. When the day was done, a large truck held bikes, action figures, dolls, games, and other cool gifts for the little ones.

According to Mike Kelly of the Columbia Classic Chevy Club, half of the toys collected will go to LICS, or Lexington Interfaith Community Services, a local faith based outreach organization. The other half will be going to the South Congaree Police Department that has a holiday outreach program of its own.The two agencies have provided both toys and other Christmas necessities to children and families throughout Lexington County for years.

Kelly says that the CCCC holds a “cruise in” at the Big Lots-anchored Woodberry Plaza on the second Saturday of the month from April thru December. Each of these events is tied in with a charitable activity. The October and November shows doubled as food drives, while the organization has also supported Camp Kemo, a camp for children fighting cancer, among other organizations. The CCCC is also a participant in several other activities such as other club’s car shows throughout the year.

To become a member of the Columbia Classic Chevy Club, you must own a 1972 model year or older Chevrolet car or truck. Not just any Chevy will do, it must meet certain standards for condition and attractiveness. Prospective members must fill out an application providing background information. For more info on the Columbia Classic Chevy Club, visit their Facebook Page by searching The Columbia Classic Chevy Club. You can also call Mike Kelly at (803) 957-5737.

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