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Roamin Angels accepting toys for children in need

The Roamin Angels Car Club will be hosting its annual toy drive event Saturday, rain or shine, regardless of possible poor weather conditions.

“We’re doing this to help the community,” said Ron Cherry, Roamin Angels vice president. “We need to make a plea for the community to support this effort in spite of the weather.”

Working with the local Salvation Army, the club distributes toys to many children who might not otherwise have a Christmas, Cherry said. The toys will go to the 40 families that have been adopted through the Salvation Army, and the rest will go to the Salvation Army for other families in need.

The 40 families are also provided food, clothing, toys and household necessities from the funds generated by the Roamin Angels annual “Crusin’ the Pines” car show at the Nevada County Fair in September.

“We charge admission for the show, and all the proceeds go back into the community,” Cherry said.

Salvation Army Capt. Martha Sheppard said the Roamin Angels pioneered the Salvation Army Christmas drive, partners with community organizations Toys for Tots and Women of Worth.

“I really appreciate them helping,” said Sheppard. “They also take up cash donations to buy the clothes for exact sizes children need, provide coats and shoes to families. We really appreciate them. We know we can count on them every year. They are very faithful.”

Lori Phariss, a single mom and Salvation Army volunteer, said the donations helped her get through Christmas, a time of year she usually dreads due to the financial burden it puts on her family.

“It was amazing,” Phariss said. “I’m a single mom, and I don’t make much money, and it took the stress off and made the holiday so much easier. I was at the point that I didn’t like Christmas, and this year I didn’t have to think, ‘Thank God Christmas is over.’”

Phariss received clothes, holiday food and even personalized gifts for her daughter.

Due to expected inclement weather, the Roamin Angels’ usual car show, barbecue and entertainment will not be able to be provided, but the event is still happening at the PG&E building on Taylorville Road and McKnight Way in Grass Valley.

Riebe’s Auto Parts is also accepting money donations or unwrapped toys at its 126 Idaho Maryland Road location. Donations can also be taken to the club’s gathering at IHOP on Taylorville Road any Friday from 6 to 8 a.m. The club can be contacted at (530) 432-8449.

“The Roamin Angels need the community to brave the rain and support this worthy cause,” Cherry said. “The club will be thankful, and some needy family will have a Christmas.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call (530) 477-4230.

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