At a Plymouth gas station, you can fill up your tank and spread a little goodwill. Every Tuesday is fundraising day at the Holiday Station at Highway 55 and County Road 24.
The Plymouth gas station fires up the grill during lunch with burgers, brats and hot dogs. For $4, the meal also includes a fountain drink and a bag of chips. All of the proceeds for the grill, as well as Holiday's car wash, are donated to a different charity each week.
This week a youth group from Holy Name of Jesus was the beneficiary. Teens from the church donned bright orange shirts and held handmade signs on the street corner to encourage drivers to stop and eat. The group is raising money for an orphanage in Mexico.
Holiday store manager, Brooke Nygard says during a two-hour lunch rush, the charities can earn up to $1,700 each week.
"A lot of energy actually is around here and we get a pretty big crowd coming through here," she said, "and they do very well, the charities and the fundraisers."
This week the cook out served double duty, the gas station not only sold lunch for the youth group but Memorial Blood Centers also set up its Bloodmobile to collect blood donations. They say the need for donors is high right now.
The weekly cookout is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holiday on the corner of County Road 24 and Highway 55 each Tuesday during the summer.
Jennifer Anderson reporting
July 17, 2012