LIMA — Marty McCaslin, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1972, shined the wheels of his 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport on Saturday.
“This is my fourth Corvette. It’s part of the family anymore,” he said.
He was one of the entries in this year’s Veterans Car Show at Reineke Ford Lincoln on Saturday. The show supports the Veterans Food Pantry of Northwest Ohio.
“Any time we get anything that’s beneficial to the community that we can put our cars out and show our cars, we’re there,” said McCaslin, of Lima.
The help is appreciated.
“It brings your thoughts back to the humanity that we all have in us. The veterans need so much, and this is a little way that everyone can give to them,” said Anita Glenn, volunteer at the Veterans Food Pantry.
The food pantry depends on events like Saturday’s car show to help it out and thus help the veterans.
“We serve the veteran, his spouse, anyone that lives with them, the surviving spouse,” Glenn said. “We serve around 300 families a month, and every month it seems like we increase, especially around the holidays. We really see new people that come in who hear about the pantry. We give out 30 pounds of food and roughly $30 worth of food.”
The Veterans Car Show is something the Reineke Ford Lincoln dealership strongly supports.
“We partnered with Mike Copeland and UAW Local 1219, who wanted to do something for the community, just helping the Veterans Food Pantry of Northwest Ohio,” said said Greg Dell, marketing manager, Reineke Family Dealerships. “We see the need in the Allen County community for that, just a really good program that could really use some help in terms of funding. Every dollar raised today is going back to the Veterans Pantry.”
Last year, around $5,000 was raised from the first Veterans Car show, and organizers were hoping with the good weather Saturday they’ll be able to top that and ultimately help the food pantry.
“That ($5,000) would probably be about two months’ worth of food, so that would help around 600-700 families,” Glenn said. “We would be behind (without this money) because every dollar that we get, whether it’s a dollar or a check for $3,000, we put towards food for the veterans. Without it, we just wouldn’t be able to stock our shelves the way they have been stocked.”
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