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Volunteers provide free car care to 13 vehicles Saturday in Craig

John Furman, right, inspects an air filter while Dave Peterson, middle, and Lanny Lembrect look under the hood during a car care clinic Saturday at First Baptist Church. Seven volunteers provided the free service to single mothers, seniors and disabled residents. For more on the event, see page 8 inside.
Ben McCanna

Mae McCollum drove her car Saturday to First Baptist Church to have the oil checked, tires filled and more.

“I don’t have anyone here in town to check it over for me besides them,” said McCollum, an 82-year-old Craig resident.

She was referring to seven church volunteers who performed a 20-point inspection of her vehicle during a car care clinic.

A few times each year, the volunteers provide free vehicle maintenance to single mothers, disabled residents and seniors.

The volunteers top off fluids, check signal lights, inspect belts, hoses, and more.

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The volunteers have been hosting the car care clinics for six years, said John Furman, a volunteer and founder of the program.

“We were trying to determine what we could do to help people out,” Furman said of the clinic’s inception. “The people that we thought could use help the most were single mothers with their vehicles.”

Over the years, the clinic has expanded to seniors and to the disabled, Furman said.

“I go every time they have it,” McCollum said.

On Saturday, volunteers inspected 13 vehicles between 8 a.m. and noon. Furman said the turnout was typical of previous events.

“Usually, we’re full,” Furman said of the inspection schedules, which are by appointment. On average, the group inspects one car every 20 minutes.

Furman said the clinics have the support from area businesses, including Cook Chevrolet, Conoco, Napa Auto Parts and Lube Plus.

Those businesses, Furman said, provide automotive fluids and vouchers for free oil changes.

Furman said his volunteers don’t have automotive backgrounds, but “a lot of us guys are pretty handy.”

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