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Manteca business owner donates car wash revenues to Turkeys R Us Thanksgiving drive
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Francene Escobar’s Quicki-Kleen Car Wash is once again teaming up with customers to make Thanksgiving Day a brighter holiday for the less fortunate.

“We would like to donate $500 toward buying meals for those in need during this Thanksgiving,” said the owner of the long-running carwash-convenience store on the corner of East Yosemite Avenue and Washington Street just across from Lincoln Elementary School.

“Though our economy has gotten even worse, I plan to donate monies this year with the help of my customers,” Escobar said.

Money generated from her annual turkey drive will go to the Turkeys R Us in Manteca which is currently experiencing a shortage of meat donations this year due to the double whammy of double-digit unemployment and the continuing recession.

The money for the turkey drive is collected when customers come to Quicki-Kleen and order a #4 car wash service, which is the money pledged by Escobar. Every customer who takes part in this effort will have their name written on decorative turkey cut-outs which are then used as streamers inside the store.

Despite the dim predictions of a worsening economy Escobar remains optimistic and continues to see the glass as half-full and not half-empty.

“We have a lot to be thankful for!” said the Manteca business owner and member of the Soroptimist International of Manteca.

“We are still in business and (are) able to give jobs and (to) serve our community. We thank everybody who purchases a #4 car wash (so) we (can) donate monies to the Food Bank here in Manteca,” Escobar said.

Last year, the same fund-raising effort conducted by Quicki-Kleen Car Wash for Second Harvest Food Bank resulted in the donation of some 200 turkeys for needy families in the area.

The turkey drive started last week when Quicki-Kleen conducted its annual outreach for area veterans.

During business hours on Friday, Veterans Day, all veterans were given a complimentary express car wash.

“The program is designed to honor veterans on Veterans Day, to show Quicki-Kleen’s support for our armed forces, and to reward the veterans for their service,” explained Escobar.

“I’m taking care of my veterans. Though the economy is still bad, (this is) just a little step of faith to take care of our heroes,” said Escobar who lost a brother while fighting in the Vietnam War.