This Sunday, during church service a few people were giving testimonies. One of them is a friend of ours who is a recent cancer survivor. During her testimony she mentioned her two friends that took her in antique car rides during her recovery. We were one of the two. When we took her for the ride it was because she was feeling cooped up and wanted to get out but couldn't be around a lot of people at the time. We thought it would be a good way for her to see the sights of the area at a slow relaxing speed and we could talk during the rides. What we didn't realize was that she was self conscious about her appearance after the radiation and chemo. She mentioned on stage that she really enjoyed it because everyone looks at an antique car and she figured they hadn't noticed her in the back seat. We just never know what is going on in other peoples minds or what their perspective is. Sometimes the littlest things we do, in this case a simple car ride around the area, means so much to others. We didn't know until she spoke about it at church.
Doug, the enclosed nature of your car is perfect for this kind of activity because it makes for a bit of privacy and keeps the wind off your passenger. I've been thinking about how to involve my car in church activities, but it's an open tourer, so at the very least, it requires mild weather. I think it'll be a fun novelty for the Awana kids, though, at least once when winter is over.
There are lots of ways we can use our cars to support charities and have some fun at the same time.
St Therese Parish in Kenosha, WI has a festival in the middle of July every year. It runs the whole weekend, but on Sunday, they have a car show on the festival grounds for any and all old cars. There is no admission fee and they give coupons for free drinks and food to our participants. The car show area is a nice grassy area with mature trees, and provides a perfect setting for this laid back event. Our cars helps make the festival a success and other festival goers enjoy seeing the cars. A win-win for all.
We have also given rides at other charitable events (no charge, of course)and it's always fun and for a good cause.