Car show drives in donations

October 24, 2013
bystanders watch as competitors compete in car limbo

Bystanders watch as competitors compete in a car limbo at weekend’s Sonic Cruise-in event. – Photo by Devin Dronett

Staff Reporter


Growing up in New Orleans, Michael Irving said he saw many children that had to go without toys and other luxuries.


On Saturday, Irving had a chance to help bring some of these luxuries to children that were similarly doing without.


Psychotic Images held its second Sonic Cruise-in where participants display their cars and hold a toy drive for at-need children from the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home.


“I really like helping the kids out. I’ve got friends who help out at the home, so I’m very aware of the situation,” said Irving, a senior professional aviation major.


Irving said this event was significantly bigger than the last.


“It’s growing. There are certainly more people here,” he said. “We’re getting the word out. It’s just going to take time.”


Amie Turner, president of Psychotic Images, said the event was an excellent way to help out children who would not get a present for Christmas otherwise.


“The kids fill out their wish list, and we try to get one for each,” she said. “Our goal by the end of the event is to fill the bed of a truck.”


Turner said they were trying to organize a community event and have succeeded.


“We’ve got a lot of community support,’ she said. “There are people here from other clubs that come out to support us. We’ve got a good group of people out here.”


Jacob DeMoss, a member of the Street Impressions car club in West Monroe, is one such person.


“They come to our events, and we come to theirs,” he said.


DeMoss said this year’s event has significantly exceeded the donations and support of the one before.


“The event is bigger in every way,” he said. “We actually have trophies this time, and there are a ton more toys than last time.”


DeMoss said the cause itself brings a lot of attention to the event.


“The community wants to help,” he said. “Who doesn’t want to give toys to kids that wouldn’t get them any other way?”


Turner said the majority of the participants were from other auto clubs who wanted to come take part.


“We don’t get a lot of students,” she said. “We posted a lot of flyers around campus, but the majority of people here are from other clubs or are people that just want to come see cars or donate to the kids.”


Turner said the businesses around Ruston were a big help in sponsoring the event.


“Xtreme, Turbogoat and Kelley Kustoms all helped us a lot,” she said. “Obviously Sonic was a big help, too.”


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