2010-07-03 / News

Car #24 visit benefits area troops in Afghanistan, Iraq

BALTIMORE – Hundreds turned out last Friday afternoon to see Jeff Gordon’s # 24 car at Baltimore Market IGA.

Visitors enjoyed free Kahn’s hot dogs on Heiner’s buns with Velvet Ice Cream floats with Mug Root Beer or Orange Crush.

G & J Pepsi Bottling of Columbus brought Gordon’s car to Baltimore and donated NASCAR promotional materials that “Sending Love Over There” volunteers from Christ United Methodist Church sold to support their weekly shipments to area troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The group has sent more than 1,500 boxes since shipments started in February 2007. This is the third year the group has sold Pepsi donated NASCAR materials not normally available to the public.

Baltimore Market IGA owner Clarence Cardwell said this year’s event will be featured in the national IGA magazine.

“We’re hometown proud like the slogan says,” Cardwell added. “We’re pleased to be part of the IGA family and all the community good works it stands for.”

Christ United Methodist Church accepts donations for the weekly boxes year round. Items include sunscreen, playing cards, magazines, AA batteries, socks, gum and compact snack items. Cards and letters to the troops are also appreciated. Call the church at 740 862-4343 for a more detailed list.

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