SALEMBURG — At local parades, members of Beneath The Surface Car and Truck Club enjoy showing off their flashy car and seeing the reactions of spectators. But for this holiday season, they were happy to watch children smile as they delivered gifts.
Recently, gifts were donated to exceptional children at Salemburg Elementary School, Stedman Elementary School and Midway Elementary School. Local families also received visits from the club. The initiative was also made possible with help from Dollar General stores in Salemburg, Clinton and Stedman, Brooks Brothers in Clinton, Mingle Hill Disciples of Christ Church in Salemburg. Boxes were left at the various locations.
“We wanted to put a smile on children’s faces because some kids are less fortunate than others,”said Barbara “Momdukez” Goodman, the clubs CEO. “We had a good time doing it.”
The club, which was created by Derrick, has been around for seven years and includes a strict membership structure. Goodman said members participates in parades and feeding needy people. In addition to promoting positivity and employment among its members, the club also supports a local step team.
“So far we’ve been doing good,” Barbara said.
Last year, Beneath The Surface delivered Christmas treats to students at Salemburg Elementary School. This year is the club’s first time organizing a toy drive, which resulted in many local children having a brighter Christmas. Wearing a reindeer hat, Barbara was often called “Mrs. Reindeer Lady.”
“It was a blessing to see the kids smile,” Barbara said about the students being surprised this year.
Next year, they hope to reach more families.
“We want to go bigger and better next year,” Barbra said about expanding to other schools.
Member Demetrius Edmonds was one of many members who made the project a success for the children.
“It’s good to help people less fortunate,” Edmonds said. “Everyone can’t work or if they do work, they don’t have enough money to make ends meet. So they can’t do extra stuff for their children.”
Edmonds added that it’s a blessing to be able to help people through the club. He is also a member of the group’s step.
Derrick “Mr.YB” Goodman, president of the club, enjoyed helping out the children too.
“I’m just as happy as they are,” Derrick said with a smile.
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