With the Holidays fast approaching, and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is in full swing. Once again, Southern Maryland Mopars were front and center with their 7th annual Toys for Tots toy drive. This year, over 80 Mopar cars & trucks were on hand. Beginning at 9:00am on Saturday December 7th at The Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire department 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 car talk and a couple gallons of coffee, everyone saddled up for the traditional escort to the Solomons Boat Ramp & Fishing pier. At 11:30, the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department met the Mopar group 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 and one of his elves) 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 (Pax River Det 1305) who were present at the event. This year a total of over 2,300 toys were collected at this event which is approximately 17 percent of all toys collected in St. Mary’s 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 Dominos 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 $1,500 for the Shop with a Cop program that in turn works with disadvantaged children here in the southern Maryland area. These funds were raised throughout the year and also by club members who won door prize items and raffled them off with the proceeds going to Shop With a Cop and also the winner of the 50/50 raffle contributed all of his entire winnings to the Shop With a Cop program. There were also food donations of over 500lbs. of non-perishable food items which were donated to St. Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen.
This annual event and would not be possible without the hard work and planning from many individuals including Tracy Rectenwald, Ron Goff, and all of the members 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 and Prince Frederick 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, BAE Systems, Sierra Management, Spaulding Consulting Inc., Bowhead science and technology, Compass Systems Inc., SAIC, Cheseldine Tire, Cheseldine car wash, Agape’ Auto Service, NovaCare Rehabilitation, Navy Federal Credit Union, Hampton Inn, Zenetex, Days Off Deli & Grill, Platinum Spa & Salon, AMEWAS, Edward Jones Investments and last but by far not least Mr. Tire of Southern Maryland
- Park Dodge
- Maryland international Raceway (MIR)
- Paramount Performance Products
- Royal Purple Performance Lubricants
- DMH Performance
- Arrington Performance-Shop HEMI
- Billet Technology
- Dyno Tuned Performance
- Billy Boat Performance Exhaust
- 213 Auto
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 2014 car show season and working with our sponsors to make our events even bigger and better each year.
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More Photos from taken by Southern Maryland Mopars can be seen HERE.
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