It’s an anniversary celebration with a slight twist.
This year, SMP Auto decided to help the lives of Hurricane Florence victims.
Malik Mebane is the owner of SMP Auto in Greenville.
At the age of 12, he found his niche by working on vehicles with his father.
“I can say I reached one of my goals,” said Mebane. “The community has given to me, so, I feel like I can do the same.”
It’s a dream come true for Mebane.
After years of hard work, dedication, and support, he opened the doors to his shop on September 29, 2017.
For 2018, Mebane wanted to make a difference in the east.
“I decided that I could use the anniversary and the huge car meet-up to help compile donations,” said Mebane.
Cleaning supplies, cases of water and toiletries fill Mebane’s office.
Countless friends and family jumped on the idea to help.
Josh Baase is one of the supporters.
“Bringing some food or clothing to somebody can mean the world to somebody,” said Baase.
Baase says helping victims during this time of need is critical.
“As a father and homeowner, I know that this can happen to me and it can happen to anybody,” said Baase. “It was an easy decision to make when Malik came to me and asked.
Mebane says these are the times when helping one another is key.
“There is always going to be people in need within the next few weeks and months,” said Mebane. “We are trying our best to help donate to those who need it.”
Baase says empathy amongst the community is needed to thrive.
“We’re all humans at the end of the day, sometimes you can take what you have for granted,” said Baase. “You can’t forget about the little things that you have to be grateful for.”