It’s not every day you hear about businesses giving away their services and goods basically for free.
But on Wednesday, that’s what was going on at Clear Sunset Carwash in Bradenton. Cars were soaped up, scrubbed and cleaned for just a dollar. It was a good deal given to customers to support a good cause.
“We decided that we wanted to make this a fundraiser where all proceeds and donations are going to the Foundation for Dreams Camp,” said Tony Milan, the owner of Clear Sunset.
Milan said this year his family is celebrating 60-years in the car washing business. As a way to say thank you, he decided to offer the discount and at the same time give back to those in need.
The non-profit, the Foundation for Dreams Camp holds summer camps for children with special needs and chronic illnesses ages 7-17. It gives the children an opportunity to have a camping experience without worrying about their illnesses.
The camp’s unique programs focus on each child’s abilities and are specifically designed to strengthen their social skills, self-esteem and independence in a safe, barrier-free environment.
Campers say they love their time there.
“It’s awesome,” said Trent Ferguson, 15. “I just enjoy the environment, very nice people, and fun activities we do.”
It’s a program that’s not possible without donations.
“We rely on the community’s support for us to be able to operate,” said Elena Cassella, Director of Development and Fundraising with the Foundation for Dreams Camp.
The event called, the Karwash for Kids, was well received by customers. Dorothy Williams, said she was happy to help.
“Anytime a business gives back to the community it makes me feel good to know someone else is helping,” said Williams. “We all should help anytime we can.”