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Car show brings in about 150 toys for underprivileged children (w/video)

By Sara Sneath
Dec. 8, 2013 at 6:08 a.m.
Updated Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:09 a.m.

Spectators dropped off presents in the donation boxes during the third annual Low Impression Show and Shine Toy Drive.

Devin Jaraillo, 6, of El Campo, peeks around a row of lowrider cars and points at an orange and white 2013 Dodge Challenger.

"That one," he says, indicating his favorite car in the third annual Low Impression Show and Shine Toy Drive.

Devin's mother, Claudia Jaraillo, said her family brought two unwrapped toys for the event. Jaraillo, 27, said she has never been to a car show but was drawn to the event because it benefits kids.

"I know a lot of kids don't have toys for Christmas," Jaraillo said.

Eugene Hernandez, a member of Low Impression Car Club, which put on the event, said the toys will go to Toys for Tots, a program run by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve that distributes toys to less fortunate children. Instead of paying an entry fee, each car in the show was asked to bring an unwrapped toy, Hernandez said.

The event, in the parking lot of Office Depot on Sunday afternoon, brought in about 150 toys and had 20 car entries.

Jay Perez, 33, of Port Lavaca, entered his 13-year-old daughter's show bicycle into the event. Perez came to Victoria with other members of a Port Lavaca car club to show support for Toys for Tots.

"It's all about the kids and the cars," Perez said.

Mario Valle, 32, of Victoria, doesn't normally enter his car into shows but was convinced by a friend that the Toys for Tots event was a good cause.

"The car is usually just for me and my wife," he said of his import.

The weather may have deterred some out-of-towners from making it to the event, Hernandez said.

"It ain't too bad, as long as we get them toys," he said.



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