Paying it forward under the hood

Christ Church Men's Ministry Car Clinic

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — Sometimes paying it forward involves a toolbox.

It could be something under your hood. Maybe you heard a squeak, or worse.

“I’m getting a really loud, loud noise,” Pamela McFarland explained.

She wasn’t looking for an overhaul, but to get the team of volunteers at the annual Christ Church Men’s Ministry Car Clinic to take a look at the nooks and crannies of her car was a big boost.

“This car’s recently been kind of draining me of money,” McFarland said. “And to get free diagnostics is really great.”

Men’s Ministry member Robert Casgrande said while the group will take care of the summer sand in the carpet, they’re actually looking one season ahead.

“Fixing things, adding air, adding fluids, making sure they’re ready for the winter,” Casagrande said. “But mostly we’re making sure they feel good their cars are going to work through the winter.”

They did that for about two dozen drivers, with one volunteer calling the clinic a stand-in for the old full service gas stations.

As they added oil and checked various lights, optimism flowed as well, even as it rained.

“The rain isn’t going to slow us down. That’s just giving the cars a wash while we’re going through and checking them,” Casagrande said.

Ministry member Ian Kingston agreed and had no problem giving up his Saturday.

“I’d rather be doing this than anything else. Helping other people. It’s one of the most important things we can do,” he said.

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