Just days after two homeless shelters reopened in downtown Watsonville, four local tow companies and a lot of hungry folks helped raise money for the shelters.
The "Turkey Tow" charity event Sunday gifted $2,200 to Pajaro Rescue Mission/Teen Challenge to help with emergency shelter programs, according to Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano, who is on the board of the rescue mission.
The tow companies—Bay City Towing, Speed of Light Towing, Auto Care Towing and JV Towing—sold $10 dinners in the Kmart parking lot. The meal included a smoked turkey leg, salad and bread.
Thursday, the Pajaro Rescue Mission officially reopened the former Salvation Army men's and women's shelters on Union and Maple streets. Renamed Grace Harbor, the shelters are the focal point of a massive fundraising effort so the doors can stay open.
The shelters have collected about $14,000 in about two weeks, according to Chuck Allen, another board member and a local Realtor. Providing services through April will cost about $100,000.