Classic cars for Meals on Wheels
August is the time of year when classic wheels make their way to Carson Valley to show off their shine, class and style. One of many events this year is Saturday’s Carson Valley Customs and Classics, the first annual show and shine car event put on by Douglas County Senior Services.
Recreation Coordinator for Senior Services Sheri Karosich said the event is an addition to their annual Big Mama event in May, which is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, the senior services program that delivers meals to homes around the community.
“The May event was put off this year due to weather,” she said. “With all the car shows around this time, it seemed like a good fit and opportunity. We hope to continue it as well as the Big Mama’s Show and Shine and have two events yearly to raise greater awareness for Meals on Wheels and the services we provide.”
Meals on Wheels provides nutrition to homebound seniors. The meals are prepared and packaged at the Senior Center. According to Meals on Wheels driver, Catrina Spitsen, the meals are made with less sodium and are healthy, filling meals. They also provide groceries such as fruit, bread, milk and other necessities.
Karosich said for many people it’s their only meal of the day.
“We don’t just provide food for seniors, though,” she said. “It’s for people who can’t or don’t want to leave their house for whatever reason. Maybe they can’t cook or they just need a little help and companionship.”
She went on to say they deliver over 30,000 meals a year and people sign up for the program every week. They also receive referrals from social workers, care facilities and rehab centers.
“Many people think Meals on Wheels is a welfare program,” said Spitsen. “But it is more than that. It’s more of an outreach, than a service, more of being a friend in need and lending a hand.”
Spitsen said she is the only meals on wheels driver in the Valley and delivers to at least 150 clients.
“I do more than just drop off food,” said Spitsen. “Sometimes, I am the only person these people will see for weeks and lot of time they just want to talk, so I make the effort to help them put away their groceries and sit and listen to them.”
Karosich said she hopes the new extension of the annual fundraiser will bring greater awareness to the community not just for Meals on Wheels, but the notion that they are here to help those in need, whatever that may be.
“There’s a lot of people who need help, that we don’t actually help,” said Karosich. “We can’t help them though if they don’t know about us and what we do.”
Bill Sugden, an annual participant and judge will be showing off his 1968 Pontiac Fireball alongside other classic and custom vehicles.
He encourages the community to participate.
“It’s a fun event and for a good cause,” he said. “It’s a chance to come together, enjoy the show, and hear about what this program is about.”
The event is Saturday beginning with car check-in at 8 a.m. Show and Shine is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and awards are presented at 3 p.m. Information, 783-6455.