JAX’s Anniversary Bash Helps Food Pantry

This past April, JAX Auto & Tire quietly celebrated its eighth anniversary, but in the background a wonderful celebration has been brewing. On June 1, from noon to 5 p.m., JAX Auto & Tire is hosting a community-wide food drive.

All donations will support the Crystal Lake Food Pantry’s efforts to feed our neighbors. As the owner of JAX Auto & Tire, this is my way of celebrating our anniversary: by giving back to a community that has helped us grow this business. 

This past November, I personally delivered a donation check to the food pantry. I was hit like a ton of bricks when I saw people patiently waiting for their turn to receive the basic necessities to put food on their tables.

I saw young people, old people, couples, grandparents, single parents and people who were down on their luck. These were our neighbors, our community, our quietly suffering friends, and every single one of them had the look of defeat on their faces.

I cannot begin to explain the amount of emotions that overcame me that day and the feelings I still have. It’s my opinion that no one should have to go hungry.  
This is my call to arms to each and every resident of Crystal Lake and its surrounding communities.

On Saturday, June 1, from noon to 5 p.m., bring food, a check or both to JAX Auto & Tire. The food pantry is asking for non-perishable items, personal health care and hygiene products, and monetary donations. No fresh dairy or frozen products, please.

The celebration includes food trucks, a bounce house for kids, a live broadcast with WYML 99.9 FM, a picnic shelter and a raffle of great prizes. Top prizes are a pair of Cubs tickets and a Phillips 65-inch RoKu 4K HDTV. Raffle entries are available to those who bring donations. All you need to do is pull in and let us unload your donations.

JAX Auto & Tire is a full-service automotive and light truck maintenance and repair facility. It’s also home to the $359 Brake Pads & Rotors Special.

JAX Auto & Tire is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It’s located at Ill. Rt. 31 and Ray St., in Crystal Lake, (815) 526-3552.