photo courtesy of Bill Pluma
Ed Whippie, back row, left, with his staff along with Bill Pluma, in yellow shirt, seated on right
NORTH COUNTY – Ed Whippie, owner of Team Auto Collision in Paso Robles, has been working with the Toy Bank to help benefit the children and families in need in the community. He came up with the idea of sponsoring a car show six years ago.
The first two years he hosted the car show in front of his business at 5685 Monterey Rd. in Paso Robles. Approximately 60 cars were shown and the participants had a lot of fun.
The third year Whippie rented the carnival space at the Paso Robles Event Center due to growing participation. Unfortunately it rained that day and the classic car owners declined to show their cars. Toys were collected, but the car show was a failure. The fourth and fifth year, Ed persuaded the City of San Miguel to close Main Street to accommodate the cars. There was a great turnout and many toys were collected.
This is the sixth year and the show Dec. 2 was again a great success for Ed, the Toy Bank and San Miguel. 224 classic cars, boats, motorcycles and dragsters were displayed. There was music and other entertainment, great food and great weather. Twenty-seven boxes of toys were collected along with 26 new bicycles.
Each year the Toy Bank is challenged to find ways to provide toys for families in need at Christmas time. The toys are distributed to 1,300 children residing in Paso Robles, Heritage Ranch, Shandon and San Miguel.
The Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles collection boxes are located at more than 100 Paso Robles businesses, wineries and the Chamber of Commerce. Look for a white box with a turquoise liner and the Toy Bank Santa logo.
To volunteer, call Mari Beth Bonomi at 805-835-2553 or Bill Pluma at 805-423-1272, or e-mail [email protected] More than 250 volunteers help each year for a total of 8,000 man hours.
The Day of Giving will be on Dec. 16. at the Paso Robles Event Center. Families will receive toys and an opportunity to win a bicycle, coats from Coats for Kids and Christmas dinner from Salvation Army.