Oscar DesRosiers with the many tools donated for disaster relief by members of the Sun Valley Cruisers Car Club. In the background is the ‘48 Plymouth he restored for his wife.

Oscar DesRosiers with the many tools donated for disaster relief by members of the Sun Valley Cruisers Car Club. In the background is the ‘48 Plymouth he restored for his wife.

Vintage car owners collect tools for charity group

When members of the Sun Valley Cruisers Car Club get together, the talk inevitably turns to vintage cars.

When members of the Sun Valley Cruisers Car Club get together, the talk inevitably turns to vintage cars.

But recently, the vintage car buffs turned their attention to the needs of others around the world, donating their gently used tools for disaster relief.

“We had a meeting and all of us thought this would be a good thing because all of us have extra tools we’re not using and felt this would be a good way to clean out our tool sheds while at the same time helping those less fortunate,” said Oscar DesRosiers, with the club.

The tool collection started when DesRosiers and other members spotted an ad for KMS Tools Rental’s program, Tools For Disaster Relief, which was encouraging people to clean out their garage or shed and donate their used tools for community rebuilding around the world, for which they would receive a tax receipt while at the same time helping people to rebuild their lives.

“The tools go to wherever they are needed most,” said DesRosiers.

“We talked it over at the meeting and we all gathered up a bunch of tools we’re not using.

“The guys thought it was a great idea.

“They could end up anywhere, from Indonesia, to Cuba to New Orleans, for rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.”

The club gathered up the tools and delivered them to the KMS store in Kelowna.

Once the store has enough, a container is filled for shipping anywhere around the world.

“What’s interesting is that some of the most valued tools in some parts of the world are things like hand saws and hand drills because of a lack of power in some places.”

Sun Valley Cruisers Car Club is a hot rod and custom car club started in 1994 by a few car enthusiasts and has grown to about 50 members.

“The club was formed to keep members informed about rod runs, car shows and cruising together,” said club member Don Leveille.

“Over the years the club has donated $300 to Vernon Jubilee Hospital and $1,200 to Hospice House through their collection of aluminum from the members.

“When KMS tools contacted the club about donating used tools for needy countries, the club members responded with a truck load of tools.”