Thanksgiving Drive-Through Attracts Donors with Street Rods

Santa Maria Times

November 15, 2014

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Thanksgiving Drive-Thru attracts donors with street rods

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Bent Axels president Larry Eskew hands Santa Barbara County Foodbanks Community Leadership Coordinator Darlene Chavez a check for five hundred dollars Friday during the annual Thanksgiving Drive-Thru in-front of Albertson’s.

The Bent Axles Car Club teamed up with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County on Friday to bring in donations at a Thanksgiving Drive-Thru event.

“We support the foodbank, you bet,” club President Larry Eskew said.

Darlene Chavez, the foodbank’s community leadership coordinator, hoped that the Bent Axles’ street rods would attract the attention of potential donors in the parking lot of the Albertsons on Broadway.

“We want to make this not just a drop-off but an event,” Chavez said.

The Drive-Thru is in its third year, and Eskew said the club’s members have helped every year.

The event also included a free hot dog for donors, as well as music from 99.1 KXFM.

Eskew, who drove his beige 1933 Ford Tudor to the event, said he expected 20 to 25 of the club’s members to bring their cars out.

“We try to support the community however we can,” he said. “This is one of the ways.”

The foodbank’s goal for this year’s Thanksgiving Drive is to collect 4,500 turkeys or chickens by Nov. 22. Last year, 3,500 were donated.

The foodbank also hopes to raise $160,000 in cash donations, $15,000 of which will be matched by Wells Fargo.

Chavez hoped that 300 turkeys or chickens would be donated during the Drive-Thru on Friday. She said 150 to 200 birds have been donated in previous years.

“I donate every year,” Bill McKindley said after dropping a frozen turkey in a cooler.

Cash and nonperishable foods were also accepted at the Drive-Thru.

Eskew said that Bent Axles also made a $500 donation to the drive.

Chavez said that the location makes it easier than dropping of a donation at the foodbank’s facility.

“One of the big reasons that we do this is it’s next to a grocery store,” she said. “It’s just really convenient.”

Donors who missed the Drive-Thru can still donate to the Thanksgiving drive by dropping off contributions at the foodbank’s Santa Maria facility at 490 W. Foster Road from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours will be extended to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Foodbank staff will also accept donations Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information visit foodbanksbc.org or call 967-5741.

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Bob Viadella donates a turkey to the Santa Barbara County Foodbank Friday during the annual Thanksgiving Drive-Thru in-front of Albertson’s.

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