King’s Automotive Services, Inc., and Covenant Harvest Church teamed up Saturday for Operation Car Care, a yearly event to help single moms, widows and other  women with some free car service.

King’s Automotive Services, Inc., and Covenant Harvest Church teamed up Saturday for Operation Car Care, a yearly event to help single moms, widows and other  women with some free car service.

“We just felt that this is a segment of society who is underserved,” said Bob Romine, owner of King’s. “ We average about 95 or 96 cars a year.”

He said that the women pay nothing for the service, and nobody gets paid for doing it, either.

“My employees volunteer to come in and do this, and even some of my former employees will help out,” Romine said. “Covenant Harvest provides other workers.”

Jay Lotterer of Covenant Harvest Church said that Operation Car Care was Romine’s idea.

“The idea was presented to us and we took it and ran with it,” he said. “This is the 15th year we’ve done it.”

Romine said that the service includes a free oil change, safety inspection and some minor repairs.

“Sometimes, if we do find something seriously wrong, if we have enough monetary donations to cover it, we’ll have the owner bring the car in during the week and fix it,” said Nina Romine.

Her husband stressed that Operation Car Care would not be possible without the support of the community.

“We send out letters to local businesses and individuals, and people are very generous in their responses,” he said. “We can even put a gift bag in each car with donations from businesses.”

While the car owners are waiting for the work to be done, they can sit in the shade, have some snacks and sip cool beverages.

“Some of our ladies sit and visit with them,” Mrs. Romine said.

Each car also gets a good washing from Covenant Harvest volunteers.

“We would be hard pressed to find somebody in our congregation who hasn’t worked here at least some of the years,” Lotterer said. “There are people who work every year.”

Congregation member Melissa Hurt said that she  has been helping since about the second year of the event, and usually comes with her children.

“Children in fifth grade and up can help without a parent being there, but younger children can help  only if they have a parent with them,” Hurt said. “I have two who meet the age limit and two who do not, but if I come along, everybody can wash cars. Who would think that kids would be excited about washing cars for free on a Saturday morning?”

However, she said that the youngsters hear in church about the event and the importance of helping others.

“I think we have a lot of young givers,” Hurt said.

The giving was very much appreciated by Leah Mackey, who was coming to Operation Car Care for the first time.

“Being a single mother of two and full-time college student, this alleviates some of the financial burden,” she said. “It’s a great innovation for the community for the church and King’s Automotive to put this on.”