York, PA -
Cars were covered in soap suds Sunday in the Weaver Eye Associates parking lot in West Manchester Township, part of a special fundraiser for the Child Abuse Prevention Outreach Committee (CAPOC).
Donna Golob, office manager at the Weaver office, said about 40 volunteers -- mostly employees and their families, gathered to help wash cars.
Golob said the event started after the 3-year-old son of Weaver Eye employee Christina Miller was burned by Amanda Marguerite Coeyman, who was watching the child. Coeyman has since been sentenced to 6 to 23 months in prison.
Last year, Golob said employees raised about $4,000 to help Miller with medical bills.
Employees decided this year to use the car wash to raise awareness for child abuse. Sunday's event raised over $1,500 for CAPOC.
"I don't think people understand what (child abuse) does to a child," Golob said. "People need to watch for the signs and report it, even if they are mistaken."
Melissa Smith, a member of CAPOC, said the organization focuses on raising awareness and preventing child abuse.
"We partner with different organizations to raise awareness," Smith said. She added that the organization holds multiple events around the area.
In addition to CAPOC, the Lincoln Highway Fire Company, Godfrey Brothers Meats, West Manchester Township Police Department, and Kona Shaved Ice were at Weaver Eye to help wash cars and attract customers.
Tricia Robbins and SharNell Chappell are opticians at Weaver Eye and were on hand to wash cars.
"We just want to give to children who need help," Robbins said. She added that she enlisted her family to wash cars as well.
"We had a good day," Golob said. "I hope it continues to grow."