Ooltewah Car Show to collect toys, money for local children

Ooltewah Car Show to collect toys, money for local children

November 9th, 2011 by Katie Ward in Local Regional News

Ooltewah Middle School will host the third annual Community Day and Car Show Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Antique cars line up at the 2010 Community Day and Car Show at Ooltewah Middle School.

Car show entrants are asked to donate $10 or a toy worth that amount for the Forgotten Child Fund. The event is a partnership between the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and OMS to collect toys for children in need.

All cars, trucks and motorcycles can enter; plaques from JJ Trophy will be presented to the winning top 10 cars.

"The Forgotten Child Fund needs athletic footballs, softballs, baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls ... anything that can bounce or be thrown," said HCSO Deputy/OMS Resource Officer Robert Stockburger. "It is estimated that 7,000 children are in need in the Chattanooga region. If people want to come, hang out and bring a toy or cash ... great."

He said this year's goal is to collect 500 new toys. Toy donation drop-off barrels will be available at the event.

Ooltewah Middle School principal Brent Eller said everyone knows families struggling to make ends meet that may not be able to provide Christmas presents for their children.

"Every dime raised goes to buy toys for the Forgotten Child Fund," he said, referring to booth rentals, concessions and car entry fees. "In the past we collected 300 to 500 toys and $1,000 for the fund."

Eller said approximately 200 people attended the event in 2010 which had 40 cars in the show.

Vendors can rent a booth for $20 as a donation to the Forgotten Child Fund and then keep any profits they make. Vendors selling crafts, products, personalized clothing, scented candles and Sweet Chicks Cake Pops will be on site. A photography booth will also be on the grounds.

The Community Day portion will host face painting, astro jumps and free blood pressure and child safety seat checks. Coca-Cola soft drinks, hot dogs, chili, Little Debbies and chips will be served for a donation.

Entertainment for the day will be composed of students and faculty including the Jackson Five Tribute Band, the OMS Chorus, OMS Band and individual singers.

The school is located at 5100 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road and can be reached for further details at 238-5732.