Auto Community in Redlands and Rancho Santa Margarita
Hey Everyone. On Monday, Dec 20th, 2010, we delivered the toys to the 11th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton , Oceanside , CA . We started the day at Marina Autobody, where we loaded over 100 new bikes into the LQK truck. We proceeded to my house where we loaded 4 SUVs. 1 Pickup, 1 twelve passenger van and 2 cars with toys. When we ran out of room, we filled the big truck to its capacity . I might add that it was pouring rain, but that did not stop Santa’s helpers. We took off at about 10:00 AM for the 100 mile trip south and we arrived at Camp Pendleton 2 hours later. We were escorted to the Commanding officers headquarters and we were met by Colonel M. Frazier and Master Sergeant Hernandez. He spoke to all of us and when we opened the back of the truck, he was flabbergasted. He and the Master Sergeant could not believe what we had brought. They kept saying its unbelievable what your group has done for us. After a group picture (Gene Lopez, the regional I-CAR manager is missing from the shot because he was taking the picture—Thanks Gene), we proceeded to a storage warehouse to unload. The Master Sergeant assembled a dozen Marines to unload the truck. I wish I had my camera when they opened the door of the truck. The expression of disbelief was amazing. One marine came up to me and said “I now believe in Santa Clause” and I could tell by his expression that he was really sincere. Colonel Frazier took me to the side and explained that many of the young families under his command were stretched out financially and there was not much he could do to help, but what the we (collision repairers) did without being asked was incredible. He said that he was retiring this coming June and our toy donation was final chapter in his military career that he would always remember. All my Santa’s helpers all said the same thing—What a great experience it was. To all of you who donated in these tough times, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and support. I could not have done this without all of you. To you, your family and staff, a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.