Bring your car and toys to Jingle Bell Cruz

December 2, 2008

By David Hayes

NEW — 1:58 p.m. Dec. 2, 2008

Rain or shine, cruise on down to the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in for the annual XXX Jingle Bell Cruz and Toys 4 Tots drive Sunday.

Restaurant owner Jose Enciso invites the region’s classic car clubs, and anyone else with a big heart, to bring a donation to the event that has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.

“Last year, the Northwest Chevy Club donated more than $800 in toys,” he said. “The Baloney Club brought six fully decked out bikes for kids, and a club from Bremerton came with some bikes worth well over $1,000.”

Initially organized by the local car club Sunset Highway Cruisers, the Jingle Bell Cruz started as just another excuse for the classic car owners to get together.

“If it’s nice, they bring their hot rods,” Enciso said. “If not, they drive their regular cars but still participate and have a good time.”

He added that the donations quickly fill up a section of the restaurant. And at the end of the day, the Sunset Cruisers bring the donations to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and Life Enrichment Options.

Then, to add a surprise for the little hot-rodders, Santa Claus makes a guest appearance to complete the holiday cheer.

“This event is our outpouring of passion to help kids who have less during the holiday season,” Enciso said. “With no contest on the line, our trophy is the happiness these kids get for Christmas. That means more than any real trophy.”

Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6343, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com.

If you go

XXX Jingle Bell Cruz/Toys 4 Tots

Noon – 4 p.m. Dec. 7

XXX Rootbeer Drive-in

98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

392-1266

www.triplexrootbeer.com

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