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PICKENS — Pickens County Meals on Wheels and Pickens County Airport are hosting the fifth annual Wings and Wheels for Meals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 at the Pickens County Airport.

All proceeds will go to fund the services provided by Meals on Wheels.

Those who attend can get a bird’s eye view of Pickens County from the cockpit of a fixed-wing plane or helicopter for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the best car shows in the Upstate will be on display with more than 100 vehicles at the Custom and Classic Car Show.

Bates Masonic Lodge and Yoder’s of Meece Mill will provide food and the Pickens County Rescue Squad will demonstrate how it gets crash victims out of a wrecked car using the Jaws of Life.

Admission is free, but a $10 donation at the entrance to the airport will give each vehicle an opportunity to win one of two $250 Walmart gift cards. The donation will help Pickens County Meals on Wheels provide homebound elderly and disabled individuals with a nutritious meal, a friendly visit and a safety-check that helps them live independently in their own homes.

“Meals on Wheels is such a wonderful organization and I have seen firsthand how the caring volunteers make a difference,” said Patricia Roach of Pickens Allstate Insurance, one of the event’s Silver sponsors. “This program offers support to families needing an extra hand and we are proud to be a part of this year’s event.”

This year’s fundraising goal is to raise $13,500 to support one of the 22 Meals-on-Wheels routes for an entire year. Currently, Meals on Wheels serves more than 240 individuals in communities across Pickens County each week day. Last year, the organization delivered a total of 55,424 meals, the most in its history.

“One of TD Bank’s core values is supporting the communities where we live and work. Our partnership with Pickens County Meals on Wheels is just that,” said Trey Gardner, assistant vice president of TD Bank in Easley, another Silver sponsor. “We are excited to be a part of such a wonderful event that supports so many deserving seniors throughout Pickens County.”

Participating organizations, such as Pickens County Pilot’s Association, the Rescue Squad, the Scuba Dive Team and the Raptor RC Club donate their equipment and time to support Meals on Wheels.

“This event would not be possible without the help and hard work of our sponsors and volunteers,” said Meta Bowers, executive director of Pickens County Meals on Wheels. “It is a great event because it involves thousands in our community, demonstrating our willingness to work together to ensure the homebound and elderly are cared for one meal at a time.”

Visit www.pcmow.org, call 864-855-3770 or send an email to meta@pcmow.org for more information.

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