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Car show will benefit food pantry and community outreach

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CRAINVILLE (WSIL) -- The police department is looking to connect with the community through its Show n' Shine car show.

Officer Stacey Sperling, an organizer of the peaceful event, says she wants those living in the area to meet and get to know those who are protecting

"I've always been a police officer that's about giving back to the community," she explains. "The car show seemed appropriate, something that we could do outside."

It's not just adults that she wants to come out but also families with their children.

In addition to police, local firefighters and medics plan to be at the car show, which will offer free hot dogs, chips and a drink while supplies last.

Cars, trucks, jeeps and bikes are all encouraged to enter into the car show and even kids can show off their power wheels.

Trophies will be given out for village Hall choice, mayor's choice, police choice, children's choice and best of show.

There's no set registration fee, instead it's a donation based.

That money will be used to by the police department during the holidays to help kids and families like the shop with a cop event. 

The car show is also working to fight hunger, and the goal is to fill a truck with as many non-perishable food items as possible

Shawn Hughes with Interstate Tire Company is happy to lend a hand.

"We think it's important because we have to start with home and we believe that being a part of the community and especially during these times is the perfect time for everybody to get together and help out with some like this," Hughes says.

The company also uses the truck at other events throughout the community to collect and then donate a large sum of non-perishable food items to the Tri-State Food Bank.

However, the non-perishable food items collected at the car show will go directly to support Crainville's food distribution.

Julie Aue, who is on the Board of Trustees for the Village of Crainville, got into contact with food banks to help Crainville families in need during the pandemic.

Food collected at the car show will help to extend the giveaways.

Those who donate non-perishable food items will be given a ticket to possibly win raffle prizes.

The event will take place Friday, September 25th at on Municipal and Frontage Road near the Wolf Creek exit from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

More information can be found here.

Brooke Schlyer

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