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DT Fast Lube leads holiday toy drive

 

Kelly Shipp

Toy Drive: Deanna Luth, of DT Fast Lube, prepares to receive donations of new, unwrapped toys, now through Dec. 23. The Barrels of Joy Toy Drive, is in cooperation with the Goldendale Police Department and Goldendale Motorsports Association. Other locations to drop donations off are CarQuest, Bake My Day, the General Store, Coldwell Banker, Napa Auto Parts and Allyn’s Building Center.

Kelly Shipp

For the Sentinel

The work is just ramping up for the day at DT Fast Lube. Deanna Luth, who owns and operates the business with her husband, Terry Luth, is laughing with a customer. Oldies radio plays softly competing with the tinkering and air compressor noises floating in from the auto shop. As a customer walks out with a laugh and a wave, Deanna relaxes for a moment at her desk with a sigh and a “Oh, what a morning.” Business has been good for DT Fast Lube and the Luths, who opened their doors in May of 2011. “The Goldendale community has blessed us very well”, Luth says, “Between the oil change business and U-Haul, we are doing very well. We like our town and we like being here.”

The Luths and DT Fast Lube are leading Barrels of Joy, a holiday toy drive in conjunction with the Goldendale Police Department and the Goldendale Motorsports Association. This is the first year for Barrels of Joy, but they want it to become a staple of the Goldendale holiday scene. “It’s nice to give back to the community that has given to us for many years. That’s what we want to be—a part of community and to help and work with everyone,” she says. Deanna Luth has lived in Goldendale for more than 20 years, and Terry Luth has spent many years here after growing up in Trout Lake.

Barrels of Joy is now accepting new, unwrapped toys from now through Dec. 23. Goldendale residents can find the brightly decorated barrels at the following locations: DT Fast Lube, CarQuest, Bake My Day, The General Store, Coldwell Bankers, Napa Auto Parts, and Allyn’s Building Center. Periodically during the toy drive, toys will be collected and given to the Goldendale Police Department, who will distribute them. Any toys that do not happen to get given out this year will be held over by the Police Department for next year.

Luth says, “We hope that people will come out and help. Our community rallies well to help those less fortunate. It doesn’t matter how big or how small, everything is important.”

 

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