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11It’s November, the time of giving and saying thank you.

While Thanksgiving isn’t here quite yet, local organizations are hosting events that are focused on giving back to the local community and supporting local businesses.

LaFayette Ford is hosting their first Truck Day event which will feature all types of trucks that will interest kids and adults (who are still kids at heart). Firetrucks, police cars, first responder vehicles, food trucks and cars from local businesses will all be on display.

Rusty Hinton, the General Manager of LaFayette Ford explained that they wanted to host a community event and involve local businesses and local organizations.

“We are a locally-owned dealership and we like to participate in the community,” Hinton said.

Normally around this time of the year, the lots are filled with cars and vehicles that would be on display before they get sold. However, because of supply chain issues, those vehicles have not arrived and the lot is primarily empty.

Which makes it the perfect space to host a community event. The food trucks that will be on display will be serving food. Miller’s Crew, 876 Flavaz, and Bowls on a Roll will be present. The first 250 people who attend the event and donate a can of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank can get lunch for free at any of the food trucks.

Another way to give back at this event is to donate blood to the Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center blood drive that will be happening during the event

In order to donate blood, you have to be 17 and older, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and have proof of identification.

Veterans who donate blood will be able to earn a challenge coin.

If you aren't a Veteran, you can still show your military appreciation by donating in honor of a Veteran to earn a challenge coin. The blood drive will also have free COVID-19 antibody or Sickle Cell trait testing by request during a health screening.

Lastly, there will also be a Toys for Tots donation box present so people can donate toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas this year.

While there is a lot of giving at the event, there are also many things you can pick up for yourself. Cats and kittens will be available for adoption from Operation Healing Whiskers.

Operation Healing Whiskers is a non-profit cat and kitten rescue that focuses on placing the most vulnerable felines with the humans that need them the most.

Their main goal is to place their felines in loving homes with wounded warriors and those suffering from PTSD and other mental illnesses.

WQSM 98.1 FM will be at the event with their business vehicle and will be playing music from their station. Games, prizes and other entertainment will be available for those who bring the whole family out.

The event will take place on Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the LaFayette Ford location on 5202 Raeford Road.

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