Time For A Change — For Charity

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Change begins one oil pan at a time.

That’s the theory down at Miller Auto Works on Main Street, which this Friday will donate all the money paid for oil changes to the Special Olympics.

Last year, the long-time Payson auto shop did the same thing and raised $1,000 for the Time Out domestic violence shelter.

“I’ve been very blessed, Payson’s been good to me — so we want to give something back,” said Steve Miller, who’s been fixing Payson cars for the past 12 years — including two years now running his own place at 600 W. Main St.

Napa, AutoZone and CarQuest have all joined the effort by donating oil and oil filters.

“They’re donating all the materials, we’re donating the labor,” said Miller. “It’s a joint effort.”

As a result, after paying the sales tax, all the money for all oil changes Friday will go straight to Special Olympics, which stages athletic competitions for handicapped kids and adults.

Miller noted that for most cars, oil changes cost about $40.

Miller said the service also includes a check on belts, oil filter and fluid.

“I think we’ll do a better than last year: I’ve already got an extensive list of people coming in.”

He said if he gets too long a line or if a customer wants to donate but doesn’t need an oil change at the moment, that he’ll collect the money, set aside the oil and filter and do the oil change later.

“If you don’t need an oil change yet, we can take your money and give you a voucher for an oil change later.”

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