Updated: November 21, 2012 6:03AM
Libertyville auto dealers have kicked off their fourth annual holiday food drive.
The genesis of the Libertyville Mile of Cars Holiday Food Drive comes from Joe Massarelli of Libertyville Auto City and John Massarelli of Libertyville Auto Plaza whose dealerships have been hosting food drives for years.
“The food drive is a tradition at our dealership,” said Joe Massarelli. “The past generosity of our customers has helped fill the food bank in our community for years.“
Donations of non-perishable food items in the service and parts departments of the participating Libertyville Auto Dealer’s Association dealerships, the dealerships will give a discount on service and parts repair orders. Food food donations will help fill the shelves at the Libertyville Township Food Pantry.
“It truly is a win-win situation,” said Glenn Bockwinkel of Acura of Libertyville, president of the Libertyville Mile of Cars. “Our customers get the service they need performed on their vehicle by factory trained and certified technicians using the factory parts made and recommended for their vehicle, all while helping our neighbors that can really use a helping hand.”
The holiday food drive runs from through Dec. 6.
“Canned stews, spaghetti and paper products like toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and facial tissue are especially appreciated and needed,” said Libertyville Township Supervisor Kathleen O’Connor.
On Dec. 7, representatives from the dealerships will travel in a police-escorted convoy to the township food pantry at 359 Merrill Court to donate the food they collected. The caravan will began at Libertyville Buick-GMC, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave.