Big cars, bigger hearts at Richmond Civic Center giveaway

Big cars, bigger hearts at Richmond Civic Center giveaway
All photos by Mike Kinney

By Mike Kinney

Only thing bigger than their gorgeous classic cars were their hearts. On Saturday, the Outsider Car Club rolled into the Richmond Civic Center parking lot to distribute boxes of turkeys with all the fixing to families in need.

The event was organized by La Familia Counseling Services, with the San Pablo Library donating three boxes of children’s books to pass out to youth.

Junior Samayoa, president of the Outsider Car Club, said it’s all about coming together as a family to “break bread with one another.” 

Born and raised in Richmond, Samayoa said he’s been doing these types of community service events with the car club for eight years, following in his uncle’s footsteps. He says he loves seeing community members, old and young, marvel at the Club’s cars. Older folks will say, “Hey, I remember when I got that off the car lot brand new.”

Rosie Martinez, a Richmond resident, was among those who came out to support Saturday’s event. “It is so beautiful when organizations like the Outsiders help those in need in our community,” Martinez said. “Events like this help to build stronger communities for our people and their families.”

Samayoa echoed that observation: “We are all here to help each other.”

“We say that if we don’t have anything to help you with, we will help you find your resources, so we all work together,” he said. “You take care of those who take care of you and you take care of the community. We should all support each other.”