Beaufort club delivers Christmas meals on classic wheels

Bricks, Classic Car Club team to bring holiday meal to elderly, shut-ins

astice@islandpacket.comDecember 24, 2011 

Forget Santa's sleigh.

Christmas cheer arrived in a classic car this year for more than 100 Beaufort-area senior citizens and shut-ins.

Members of the Classic Car and Truck Club of Beaufort delivered prepared holiday meals to elderly northern Beaufort County residents this Christmas Eve for the eighth consecutive year.

The food came courtesy of Bricks on Boundary. On the menu was turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry relish and other dishes -- with enough for leftovers, restaurant owner and chef Josh Poticha said.

The flashy rides were car club members' very own. The parking lot at Bricks looked like a car show as drivers got their assignments and picked up to-go boxes.

For Craig Lynch, it was the maiden voyage for his 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass.

Lynch, a car enthusiast, has been a member of the club for two years without a classic car of his own. That changed when he won the Cutlass in a raffle at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Mich., last month.

The car bears the license plate "RANSOM" in honor of Ransom Olds, the pioneer of the automobile industry for whom the Oldsmobile and REO brands were named.

That's not the only homage Lynch intends to pay.

"Since I was so lucky to get it, I'm going to do good things with it," Lynch said.

About 30 other cars were part of convoys that delivered meals to residents in Beaufort, Port Royal, Seabrook, Sheldon, Grays Hill, St. Helena Island and Lady's Island.

Incoming club president Theresa Pulliam said the names of needy seniors are given to the club by charitable organizations and agencies such as the Department of Social Services.

The meals are made ready-to-eat because age or disability make many of the people the club delivers to are unable to cook for themselves.

"They don't always notice the cars, but they are always very appreciative of the food," Pulliam said.

By Saturday afternoon, Poticha said several recipients had already called in to complement the fare.

He has already signed up to be part of the event again next year.

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