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image Clean Wave employee Ben Rugg scrubbs the windshield of a truck at the Stansbury Park car wash yesterday. The car wash is teaming up with Meals on Wheels to raise money for program that delivers food to seniors in Tooele County.

June 30, 2015
Area Meals on Wheels program gets helping hand from car wash

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. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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