Hot rods coming to Square for Salvation Army

COVINGTON — Hot rods are coming to the Square.

In an effort to stock the food pantry at the Salvation Army service center in Newton County, the organization’s board is hosting its second annual car show from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Participants are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to the Salvation Army’s service center located on Washington Street. The event started when Judge Samuel Ozburn, who is also chairman of the Salvation Army’s local board, asked Sherrie Minix and her husband, Joe, to show off some of their hot rods in a fundraiser for the organization.

“I grew up with Mr. Ozburn as my youth pastor and he’s always been involved with the Salvation Army. He knew my husband and I owned some classic cars and knew more people who could put enough together for a show, so that’s how it started,” Minix said. “Hot rods have always been a hobby for us. They’re old school and a lot of fun.”

Minix said while she and her husband own about 20 hot rods, she’ll bring just two to the car show. Ozburn said the event not only helps the community by collecting canned goods, but it provides an opportunity to promote the Salvation Army.

“We can talk about what the organization does for the community and the country. The canteen that we will have there has not only helped people locally but was at the Pentagon after 9/11 and in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina,” Ozburn said. “The car show will be a great event for the community as a whole to have fun for a good cause.”

All proceeds of the event will be used to help those in need around Newton County. Whether it’s utility bills, food, clothing, prescriptions, rent and other essentials, the Salvation Army is dedicated to responding to those needs as well as emergencies or natural disasters.

The Salvation Army’s canteen will be serving hot dogs and lemonade in front of the Historic Courthouse for those who want to grab a bite to eat while touring the classic car show. To enter a car in the show, the Salvation Army asks people donate $10 along with a canned food item.

Minix said last year the event raised more than $2,000 and collected more than 200 cans of food.