Automotive fundraiser to benefit Valley Rescue Mission

tadams@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 11, 2013 

Volunteers Portia Wright, right, April Durden, Kate Jones and Lori Edwards, all employees at Target department store, serve dinner at the Valley Rescue Mission Wednesday. The Second Avenue facility serves three dinners each night: one for the general public, one for the men in the substance abuse program, and the third for the homeless who are sheltered in the Howard Mott Center for Men. About 350 meals each day are served between the Mission's three facilities, which also include Crossroads in Hamiliton, and Damascus Way shelter for women and children in Columbus. 09.25.13


Columbus-area residents will have the opportunity to help a great cause while showing their vehicles some love next week.

“Changing Oil Changing Lives,” a fund-raising event scheduled Nov. 20 by Epperly Tire & Auto Centers, will benefit Valley Rescue Mission through the simple act of getting that precious fluid replaced in their car or truck.

All proceeds go to Valley Rescue, which operates the Crossroads Addiction Recovery Program, Damascus Way Home for Women & Children, Howard Mott Center for Men, and Camp Joy for boys and girls each summer in Harris County.

In its essence, the mission helps feed, house and nurture people in dire times of need. The organization, founded in 1963, also puts clothing, toys, fans and heaters in the hands of those who need them.

In 2012 alone, Valley Rescue served more than 138,000 meals, offered roughly 42,000 nights of lodging and gave food baskets, clothing and toys to more than 9,000 individuals or families.

David Epperly, who started his tire and auto business in 1989, noted in a statement the mission’s work is critical year-round.

“They do go above and beyond for the community during the holidays, though, so we wanted to rally extra support for them in their efforts to provide for those in need during this holiday season,” he said.

The Epperly Tire & Auto Centers participating in the fund-raiser are at 2041 Auburn Ave., 1642 Whittlesey Road and 7608 Schomburg Road in Columbus.

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