POTOMAC, Md. (WDVM) – Car enthusiasts in the DMV area are spreading Christmas cheer not by singing loudly for all to hear, but with the hum and roar of their engines. Patients at the National Children’s Hospital had an early Christmas delivery, but it wasn’t from the big man with the bag… but rather a fleet of luxury and sports cars ready for the holidays.
More than 200 cars of all makes and models came to Westfield Montgomery Mall for the 4th Annual Cars for Children’s Charity Cruise and Toy Drive to spread holiday cheer for kids vacationing in the hospital. Chris Camacho and Anirudh Jonnalagadda are the founders of Capital Auto Club who wanted to do more with their weekly meetings with the car enthusiasts of the region.
“It means a lot because it’s better than [the cars] just sat in the garage and I grew up, I admired these cars myself, ”explained Camacho. “So the fact that the kids can see them and that they can possibly sit in them, that’s all for kids today.”
Drivers were encouraged to decorate their vehicles, but had to bring a toy worth at least $ 20. Gerardo Castellanos decorated his Mustang Shelby with antlers and a red nose and wore a hat with similar decorations to match his car.
“This is a great opportunity and a great excuse to do something for the kids and have the opportunity to ride with other car enthusiasts and go to the DC Children’s Hospital, it will be a great cause.” , explained Castellanos.
Collecting gifts holds a very special place in the hearts of a local car enthusiast and former patient of the National Children’s Pediatric Oncology Center. Franky Cadenas remembers bringing things like pizza and gifts for him and other patients during this treatment at Children’s National.
“So when I received this stuff like I was very grateful, especially when I was like in the hospital sick,” Cadenas said. “So I’m doing it like the opposite side now. “
More than 2,000 toys will be donated directly to the hospital and patients have also been granted a drive through the luxury car fleet for the time being.