Local organization sells classic ride to help needy

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries helps thousands of people every year with food, shelter and utilities. They're selling a 1972 Chevrolet Kingswood station wagon to raise money to keep them going.

SMARM was given the vehicle by Louis P. Locke Jr., who got it in the estate of his mother, Carolyn Locke of Gatlinburg. Louis Locke gave SMARM a lot of the furnishings in the house, as well as the station wagon that his mother kept for sentimental reasons.

Mrs. Locke bought the car new in 1972 when the family lived in Alabama. Louis and his sister came to love the car and were taken to and from swim practice many times.

In 1976 Louis Locke’s sister was killed, and their mom just couldn’t part with the Kingswood. She continued to drive it occasionally and kept the car up over the years.

When she died last year, neither Louis Locke nor his children wanted it. After asking a Gatlinburg friend for a good agency to donate it to, he was referred to SMARM, a nonprofit faith-based agency in Sevierville that provides services and aid to the poor and needy.

The dark green vehicle is parked alongside the SMARM headquarters and thrift store in downtown Sevierville. It’s in good shape. The wagon has three bench seats, an AM radio, clean upholstery and good tires.

The station wagon has been valued at $10,000 but SMARM is hoping for $4,000. All the money from the sale will go right back to SMARM as they try to help more people in the community.

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