Operation Addy offers help to those in need


This bright green bus will be parked near the car show on Monday, July 4th not to win an award in the annual “Show and Shine” but to show people just what Operation Addy is all about. Lennox native, Tony Tripp, president of the non-profit, spoke passionately about helping people who are down on their luck. Tripp has been helping families since 2009 by providing everyday items-—things like clothing, diapers, formula, bathroom essentials, laundry detergent, and more.

Tripp fondly remembers the Old Fashioned Fourth of July. He said, “I grew up in Lennox and that was a part of summer I liked the most. The car show is an important part of history and kids should see that, and it’s a hobby for so many people.”

About four years ago, there was no one to organize the car show, and Tripp decided it would be a good fit for his non-profit, Operation Addy. So the following year, he took it upon himself to run the Car Show. This year marks the third year that Operation Addy has sponsored the Car Show.

The Annual Car Show and Shine will again be at the old football field. It will be held following the parade with judging to begin at noon.

Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. Cost is $20 per entry, the first ten Veterans to register will be free. Pre-Registration is available at Prophecy Tattoo and Midwest Automotive.

Fifty percent of proceeds go towards Operation Addy to help local families. One of the current projects Tripp is working on is his mobile donation unit — the green bus. When Tripp began Operation Addy he was collecting items for people and storing them in his spare bedroom. He said this bus will allow him to be mobile.

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