Local car dealership helps community, despite hard economic times

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GILMER, TX (KLTV) - One East Texas auto dealership put their community first Saturday, despite the poor economy.  The Gilmer High School band needed some help getting to New York, so they turned to their local car dealership.  The auto industry has not had a lot to be excited about lately, but Mike Craig Ford in Gilmer came through in a unique way.

The premise was simple.  For everyone who took a test drive, Mike Craig Ford donated $20 to the Gilmer High School Band.

"We're hoping for up to 300 test drives for a total of $6,000," said Loy Demoss of Mike Craig Ford.  "We're also selling hotdog's, having a bake sale, which all the proceeds go to the band."  The band is raising money for a trip to New York.

"We're going to perform on the USS Intrepid Air Craft Carrier there, and a lot of the kids can't afford the trip on their own," said Gilmer High School Band Director Eric Gray.  In a time when auto makers are struggling, the focus was on the community, and the locals came through.

"You know even though times are tough for some people, and even for us a little, but we're going to dig in and make it and do what we've been doing," said Demoss.

"This says that we like to work together and help each other out because not everybody can afford to pay for their own way to New York," said band member Megan Childress.  The effort by all was appreciated.

"It just shows the support we have in the community, our businesses like Mike Craig," said Gray.  East Texans took 276 test drives Saturday, and more than $6,000 was raised.

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