A local group uses their jeeps as a platform to give back to the community.

CLEVELAND. The drivers of these jeeps do more than just drive around the city in their luxury vehicles.

“People see a line of Jeeps and think what the hell is going on here,” said Nick Ward, vice president of New Level Jeeps and Jeep Invaders.

They also use their Jeeps as a platform to support their community.

“Win, win,” Ward said. “Jeeps, camaraderie, and we’re all just about love and giving.”

The group says they couldn’t have dreamed of a better day, given that the weather didn’t stop them from completing their mission.

“We are not doing this to brag. To be honest, no,” said community coordinator Tracey Oglesby. “We just want people to know that if you need anything, if you need us… that we are here for the community.”

After collecting blankets and bags filled with warm clothing such as hats and gloves, the group delivered their belongings to their first stop at Providence House in Cleveland.

“It makes me more humble as a person, because you know we look at the holidays as a time when you celebrate and eat, you know gifts and all that, but some people don’t understand this, so it makes me more humble,” said New Level Jeep and Jeep Invaders member Clarence Wheat.

They then headed to St. Herman House – FOCUS in Cleveland.

“At the end of the year, especially after last week’s storm, it’s always nice to receive donations, especially blankets and things to keep people warm. We have people stopping by every day,” said Kirk Rice, director of the St. Herman House.

St. Herman House is a home for 28 men with drug, alcohol and mental health issues, so Kirk Rees says the donations are valuable.

“Obviously we have a very limited budget. We rely on community donations, both cash and physical donations, to be able to make a difference, lower our costs and take care of the community,” Rice said.

This is the second year the group has organized this event and more are planned for the future.

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