Cars are a modern convenience that gave rise to another convenience — the automated car wash. And this week, a new local car wash will unveil what could be called a drive-through charity.
The Clean Wave Car Wash, which recently opened near Soleberg’s in Stanbury Park, will make donations to the local Meals on Wheels program for seniors beginning this week and continuing through July 18. Patrons at the car wash may enter a special code to have a portion of the value of their car wash donated to buy meals for elderly residents who are homebound.
Bella Colovich, the Tooele County Health Department employee who oversees the local Meals on Wheels, said the owners of the Clean Wave Car Wash approached her to ask if there were any needs among local seniors that could be met through a fundraising event at the car wash.
The Clean Wave Car Wash has held similar donation drives in the past to contribute to a local charity while promoting new business locations, Colovich said, and the owners have a particular soft spot for seniors.
Colovich said she recommended the Meals on Wheel program. About 100 seniors currently receive regular meals in their homes in Tooele, Grantsville, Stansbury Park, Lake Point and Stockton. The number of patrons continues to grow, she said, despite the fact that the local Meals on Wheels has already outgrown its budget.
Local drivers for Meals on Wheels are all part-time employees and are not able to service all who have requested meals in Tooele Valley, Colovich said, so volunteers help to deliver the remaining meals.
Meals on Wheels recipients are all over age 60 and are homebound, she said.
The car wash donations will help cover the cost of providing meals, Colovich said. The meals provided through Meals on Wheels are offered free of charge to all qualifying seniors.
Car Wash donation codes:
Enter 1041* to donate $1 with a $5 basic wash
Enter 1043* to donate $2 with a $7 basic wash plus
Enter 1045* to donate $3 with a $10 super value wash
Enter 1047* to donate $5 with a $12 super value plus wash
Note: the asterisk (*) is an important part of the code and must be entered for the donation to process properly.