Mother’s Day Gift

VIENNA – Members of Fellowship Baptist Church celebrated Mother’s Day a day early by offering free oil changes for single mothers, widows and wives of deployed military personnel, along with a free cleaning.

Despite the threat of rain Saturday, about 50 women who signed up in advance got their cars ready for the summer with fresh oil, filters and a clean interior.

Jennifer Hamilton, a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and one of the organizers of the event, said the day was a way for the church to reach out to the community at large.

“We try to do this in different ways to show we care,” she said.

Hamilton said they wanted to come up with something that has not been done before.

“We wanted to do something new and different,” she said.

“We also want to show we care,” said Melody McLean, a church member and co-organizer. “We wanted the single moms and the widows to know we care.

“Sometime an oil change is something that is left out because they don’t have the time or the finances.”

Hamilton said many of their customers knew it was time to get that job done.

“We had several ladies today who said their red light has been flashing for a while now,” she said. “If we hadn’t done this, it is hard to tell what may have happened. They were very thankful and grateful we were doing this.”

Hamilton said the volunteers were made up of members, non-members of the church and the youth group.

Church member Lois Coleman said she heard about the event at church.

“I came here to get my oil changed and get my car cleaned,” she said. “I’ve needed the oil changed for a while.”

Tracey Butler said the oil change offer was a blessing for her after a friend who attends the church told her about the event.

“I came here to have an oil change,” she said. “Having the car cleaned was a blessing too, I was just excited for the oil change.”

Butler said the oil change was a need that was met.

“It needed to be done, it was overdue,” she said. “Just getting the time to have it done after work and then coming up with the extra money, it was very nice.”