Car Care Clinic openings available

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The original idea entailed helping single mothers and soon expanded to include senior citizens. On Saturday, it will open up again.

A Bible study group from First Baptist Church sponsors the free Car Care Clinic, a community service available to single mothers, senior citizens and disabled residents.

"What we get out of it is ... we get to serve others," said John Furman, a member of the study group volunteering at the Car Care Clinic.

From about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, eight to 10 couples will volunteer for the clinic at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St. Volunteers will check vehicle fluids and top them off if needed, test anti-freeze, air up tires and check treads, lights, horns and wipers.

"We'll check it over and while we're doing that, the driver of the vehicle can go in the church and visit," Furman said.

The group also will arrange for discounted repairs and oil changes if needed. Furman said local businesses have been generous in the past about donating items or services as part of the car clinic.

Saturday marks the fifth time the study group has hosted a car clinic. They usually conduct one per quarter, Furman said, and the next one probably will happen in April.

The clinic is by appointment only. Accord-ing to LOVE Inc., a local organization helping with the coordination of the clinic, there still are openings for qualified people interested in the clinic.

As of Thursday afternoon, only three people had signed up for the clinic, leaving about 10 available slots open for those who qualify.

To make an appointment, call LOVE Inc. between 2 and 5 p.m. at 826-4400.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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