Our local car clubs came through in a big way for Operation Santa Claus over the weekend. 

Tim Smith with Mopar Magic tells KEEL News there was a total of 80 cars that stopped by our Townsquare Media studios Saturday, each one bringing at least three gifts to donate to its three stops.  Some brought more.  For our endeavor alone, the groups donated somewhere between 300 and 400 toys to give to local kids in need.
"One of our members said it best," Smith says.  "She said this is the best thing we do.  Because it's a chance for all the car clubs to get together, but for such a special cause.  And to be able to give gifts to the children in the community, it just makes everybody feel really good."

The car clubs make three stops each year on their Santa Fun Run.  The others are to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission and Toys for Tots.  And Smith says the club members get to see some of the people they're giving gifts to.

"I can only relay the story that a couple of years ago, when we stopped at one of the locations, the people representing people who were going to get the gifts were actually on the verge of tears when they saw the gifts come in," Smith says.  "So it has a large impact, and we're so glad that we can contribute to it."

The event was supposed to happen on Saturday, December 7th, but there were weather concerns.  And this past weekend's weather wasn't much better.  "It shows the car community really comes together to help support people," he says.