Freer Auto Body in Godfrey is already in the holiday spirit following the massive success of this year’s kickoff of their Christmas in July event.

The event was held 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Friday and featured take-out Sloppy Joe's, chips and cake in addition to business sponsorships and donations for the day.

All collected funds go to the United Way Community Christmas campaign. The event has become a tradition for the family, as Taylor and Lily Freer coordinate the annual event with their grandmother, Margaret. The two girls came up with the Community Christmas fund-raising idea years ago and have led it since the beginning. By the end of this year’s event, they had raised around $26,700 and reported that funds were still coming in.

The family says “(they) would never have guessed with COVID-19 that we would have had the crowd and the success we had. We truly have the best friends, customers and family ever that always step up to the plate and help out.”

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