Carter County Car Club makes annual donations to children's charities

John Thompson • Dec 4, 2018 at 8:17 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The members of the Carter County Car Club are well known for two things: having a great time showing off their classic cars in downtown Elizabethton from April through October; and for raising money during those weekends and giving it all away shortly before Christmas to help local children’s charities.

During the club’s November membership meeting the money raised in 2018 was given away to local charities selected by the club. As always the focus of the gifts was on helping children, but unlike previous years, the club didn’t just hear from grateful charity leaders. They got to hear a very big thank you from one of the children who benefits from the club’s generosity.

When it came time for the club to present a check to the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton, Executive Director Ginny Wright had a partner as she stepped forward to accept the check. She brought along 10-year-old Eragon Frye to tell the Car Club Members what the Boys and Girls Club means to him.

Eragon said he goes to the club after school just about every day. He said his dad has to work at his job during those hours. If it wasn’t for the club providing a him with a safe place to go after school, his father would not be able to concentrate on doing a good job at his work, since he would be worrying about his boy.

Eragon said the club has lots of interesting and fun things to do and even provides tasty food.

“Thank you so much for supporting the Boys and Girls Club,” Eragon told the smiling and cheering Car Club members.

This year, the club gave the club $3,500.

The club gave donations to seven organizations. As usual, the largest went to the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, with the club donating $6,000 this year. The club works to make the donation stretch further, using discounts and a tax-free account to allow the money to provide for 90 Angels. The club members shop for the children, using the lists filled out by the children or parents.

The club’s other donations included $2,700 to the Accelerated Reader Program in the Carter County and Elizabethton schools; $2,000 to the Child Evangelism Program, $1,000 to the Carter County Imagination Library; $500 to Isaiah 117 House; and $300 to the Friends of Down Syndrome.

Although the Car Club’s weekly cruise-ins are free, the club does have barrels at the entrances for those who wish to donate. The club also makes money through its annual Car Show, with entrance fees to owners wishing to enter their car in the competition and sale of T-shirts.

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