By Traci Moyer
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — Christmas is often a time of giving, but this year several local businesses plan to make the holiday a little brighter and definitely safer for half a dozen families.
“We are working together to give back to the community,” said Rob Trotter, manager of the NAPA Auto Parts, 1803 Columbus Ave.
Six automotive repair stores, Dave’s Auto Service, Weeks Automotive, Etherington’s Automotive, Almack’s All-Care Automotive, Olive’s Automotive and Nick & B’s Auto Service are taking nominations from the community to repair the vehicles of six deserving people.
Each business has committed to providing free labor for the needed repairs and NAPA says they will provide more than $500 in automotive parts. Nominations are being accepted at each of the six locations until Dec. 1, and a winner for each site will be announced on Dec. 2.
“We have a small part in all of this,” Trotter said. “Installing the parts is the harder and more labor intensive part.”
This is the first time the business development group has united to offer the car repairs, but they hope it becomes an annual opportunity.
“This is for anybody who is in dire need of car repairs,” said Connie Lines, owner of Dave’s Auto Service, 1633 Brown St. “You can nominate someone or nominate yourself.”
Once the winners are selected, Lines said each AutoCare Center will have 11 days to make the necessary repairs. The vehicles will then be presented to the owners at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 during a Winter Wonderland celebration at the former Sears building at Mounds Mall.
The public is invited to attend the celebration and Santa has promised to make an appearance at the event.
Both foreign and domestic vehicles can be entered, Lines said.
“We want to give back to the community,” Lines said. “In this town, and in this day and age, we have been very fortunate with our businesses and we want to do something for the community.”
Mike Almack, president of the AutoCare Center, said he is already aware of several families who have been nominated for the giveaway.
“I have some nominations in my box that people have put in for someone at their church or a single mom who has been having a tough time,” he said. “People are really struggling out there and I wish we could help more people, but maybe we can next year.”
Trotter said he is glad to see the businesses united for a good cause.
“It’s good to see businesses working together and not trying to cut each other’s throats,” he said.
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Nomination locations The following Anderson AutoCare Centers have nomination boxes available for people to submit the names of people in need of car repairs: - Etherington's Autmotive, 1675 East Lynn St. - Nick & B's Auto Service, 2811 Broadway - Olive's Automotive, 1324 S. Madison Ave. - Weeks Automotive, 5982 W. Indiana 32 - Dave's Auto Service, 1633 Brown St. - Almack's All-Care Automotive, 1823 Ohio Ave.