Car show to support foster children’s Christmas

Do you have the nicest hot rod around, or a unique car that people might want to look at?

Then your presence -- and vehicle -- is needed at the McDowell County Department of Social Service’s car show this weekend to help raise money to buy Christmas presents for children in foster care.

Route 70 Cruiser’s board member Perry McKinney said this fundraiser is near and dear to his heart and he hopes there will be a good turnout for the kids.

“We want to get that parking lot filled up with old cars, new cars, or trucks, just as long as they are nice,” said McKinney. “We just want it to be so successful for the children at Christmastime.”

The entry fee of the cars is $10 and all of the funds will go toward children in the foster program here in McDowell for gifts at Christmas or birthdays. There will also be barbecue slider plates, with chips, drink and a cookie for $5, and a DJ playing 50’s- and 60’s-style music.

“This is the third year for the fundraiser and the Route 70 Cruisers are wonderful to work with. It’s fun to get out there and get involved and talk to the guys about their cars because they bring some pretty awesome cars,” said Jenny Millsaps, foster home licensing social worker.

There are currently 130 children in foster care right now, and their needs at Christmastime aren’t your average list of the hottest toys on the market; it’s the basic everyday necessities these children ask for.

“We are focusing on the children that are in relative placements in foster care. A lot of our relative placements are not getting any form of payment to take care of that child,” said Jenny Millsaps. “Last year a 14-year-old child told me the only thing that he wanted for Christmas was a pair of shoes. These are things we take for granted, but are a big deal to them.

Children’s Protective Services Program Administrator Betty McKesson said this fundraiser is especially important since the foster children numbers have basically doubled since last year. The age ranges of children in foster care in McDowell are from birth to 17.

“Around July of last year we had only about 68 children in custody and now it’s risen to 130. We also use the funds for their birthday,” she said.

“And this is in McDowell County. I just know we had to help with this. This is such a wonderful cause. There are so many children out there that can’t help the situation they are in. We just need to get that parking lot filled up out there,” McKinney said.

The car show will be on Saturday in the parking lot of McDowell DSS on East Court Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Millsaps said there is always a huge need in McDowell for foster homes. For more information, contact DSS at 828-652-3355.