Diaper drive benefits from car show, bike show set for Dec. 18

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By Brian Slattery

LELAND—Smithfield Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q’s final classic car show of 2012 brought in 100 pounds of donations for General Manager Tonia Atkinson’s annual diaper drive.

“The diaper drop off is going great. People are coming by dropping off a couple boxes at a time. We’ve started building our wall of diapers,” Atkinson said after the Dec. 3 car show.

“We have a half-wall of diapers already. Within the last week and a half, people really started getting into the giving spirit.”

In her third year of collecting diapers for families in need, Atkinson has set a goal of 1,000 pounds of diapers to deliver to Brunswick Family Assistance at the start of the new year.

Donations are made daily at the Leland restaurant, but the car club and motorcycle clubs that attend the gatherings hosted in the Smithfield parking lot always draw a great crowd, who drop off a lot of diapers.

Atkinson will host the year’s final bike show Dec. 18 at the Smithfield in Waterford Village from 5 p.m. until dark.

The event will include door prizes provide by Smithfield, a 50/50 raffle with half the proceeds supporting the Brunswick toy run and trophies for the bikes and the clubs that attend.

The guys are super competitive over the Club Turnout Trophy,” Atkinson said.

“We can have from 20 to 70 bikes come for a show. The guys will ride their motorcycles an their wives will come in their cars. The prettier the day, the more bikes will come.”

Atkinson’s car and motorcycle shows run from March through December, then take a few months off in the winter.

“We do a finale at Christmas, which (coincides) with the diaper drive,” Atkinson said.

The last bike show doesn’t mark the end of diaper collections. Donations will be accepted through the holiday season.

‘Several people have Christmas parties and have their guests bring diapers that they drop off,” Atkinson said.

Atkinson will deliver everything collected to BFA the first week of 2013.

Atkinson said she has a big red donation box for diapers and also set up a donation box for supplies after receiving baby wipes and other accessories with the diapers.

She’s even receiving donations of adult diapers.

“The need is there,” she said.

For more information about the bike show or diaper drive, call Atkinson at 371-6900 or 231-9879.


Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.