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Street Survivors’ Holiday Donations Boost Local Charities

File Photo by Scott McCloskey In this file photo, members of The Ohio Valley Street Survivors Car Club gather at Site One in Oglebay Park for their annual Good Zoo Benefit Car Show in August.

Eight local charities received $300 donations each from the Ohio Valley Street Survivors Car Club over the holiday season, despite cancellations of a number of the club’s events in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donation recipients included Grow Warwood Pride, Bridgeport Christian Fellowship Food, Bethlehem Apostolic Temple, Catholic Charities, Wheeling Area Training Center for the Handicapped (WATCH), Winter Freeze Shelter, The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling and the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Wheeling. Due to the pandemic, club officers were unable to meet with the representatives of each organization as they have in recent years and the donations were mailed to each agency.

Club member Lois Atherton said all club members are pleased to be able to help local individuals and families during the holiday season with the donations. While it was a difficult year for fundraising because of the many events they had to cancel due to the pandemic, Atherton said they were still able to hold the Oglebay Good Zoo Benefit Car Show in August and their annual 50/50 fundraiser.

She said the club did the best it could to raise funds for charitable causes over the past nine months despite the many challenges presented by the pandemic.

The Good Zoo car show is always the Street Survivors’ biggest fundraiser of the year, Atherton said. While public admission fees from the August fundraiser benefit the zoo, the club raises additional funds through sponsorships and automobile entry fees.

WATCH manager Lynn Wallace said her group is extremely grateful for the Street Survivors’ donation. In addition to using some of the funds to buy Christmas gifts for the center’s clients this year, she said they also used some of the money to buy additional personal protection equipment and cleaning supplies for the center.

In addition to the eight donations, the Street Survivors also successfully held the club’s 18th Annual Christmas Toy Drive in November at The House of the Carpenter on Wheeling Island. As a result, the Street Survivors were able to purchase more than $700 worth of toys to donate to the House of the Carpenter for families in need during the Christmas holiday.

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