Southern Maryland Mopars Toy Drive

December 19, 2011

 With the Holidays fast approaching, and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is in full swing. And once again, the Southern Maryland Mopars were front and center with their 5th annual Toys for Tots toy drive. This year, over 50 Mopar cars & trucks were on hand. Beginning at 9:00am on Saturday December 3 at the Solomons Boat Ramp & Fishing pier, new and vintage Mopars gathered for an early morning meet and greet. Charger, Challengers, Magnums, a few GTXs and even a couple of Cummins powered Rams were on hand.

After a few hours of jawing and a couple gallons of coffee, everyone saddled up for the traditional escort to Park Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Lexington Park. At 11:30, the Bay District VFD met the Mopar bunch at the foot of the Thomas Johnson Bridge and off they went. With the Bay District VFD leading the way, Mopars old & new arrived at Park Dodge loaded with toys. As always, Mr. Jerry Dillard and his entire staff (including Santa) were on hand. Soon after arrival and all cars were parked, the task of unloading all of the toys began.

All of the toys were combined into a huge pile before the traditional hand off to the US Marines and Marine Corps League who were present at the event. This year a total of over 1,500 toys were collected at this event which is approximately 10 percent of all toys collected in StMarys County . Once all of the toys had been hauled away to the toys for Tots storage facility the car show portion of the event was in full swing. There was Papa Johns pizza for lunch which was provided by our main sponsor Jerry Dillard, President, Park Dodge Chrysler jeep (a member of the Fitz Automall family).

There were also plenty of trophies in four different classes with door prizes and a 50/50 raffle which all proceeds were donated to Shop with a Cop program. This year Southern Maryland Mopars raised over $900.00 for the Shop with a Cop program that in turn works with disadvantaged children here in the southern Maryland area.

This annual event and would not be possible without the hard work and planning from many individuals including Tracy Rectenwald, Ron Goff, Jen Brooks and Steven Fitzmyer of the Southern Maryland Mopars.  And of course Jerry Dillard and his entire professional staff at Park Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Lexington Park.

And a huge thanks to the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department for all the hard work in preparing the trucks and vehicles and providing a safe escort to the event. There are also many local businesses that are a critical component in that they host boxes for toy collection and deserve a big thank you as well. General Dynamics, L-3 C2S2, BAE Systems, Bowhead, Spaulding Consulting Inc., Seirra Management and Technologies, Man Tech International Corporation, and NAVAIR 6.0 to mention a few.

Door prizes for this event are all donated and we would like to give special thanks those businesses for being a very import part of our events.

Park Dodge

Maryland international Raceway (MIR)

Paramount Performance Products

Arrington Performance-Shop HEMI

Billet Technology

Maryland Speed

Dyno Tuned Performance

Billy Boat Performance Exhaust

The Ronnie Sox foundation

DMH Performance

High Horse Performance

Modern Muscle

213 Auto

Royal Purple Performance Lubricants


In closing it is a privilege for all of us at Southern Maryland Mopars to be able to have such great events and meet so many wonderful people while at the same time giving back to our community and look forward to the 2012 car show season and working with our sponsors to make our events even bigger and better each year. Please feel free to check us out at