Pauls Valley mechanic, friends repair cars for free in community outreach

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KXII) Keeping engines running and cars on the road is what Pauls Valley resident Mike Campbell does for a living. However, on a monthly basis, he and his friends host a free car clinic for anyone in need through their church, called The House.

"It's a major thing in their life," Campbell said. "We saw a need, so this is our outreach."

Angie Dallarosa, a Pauls Valley resident and single mother of two, came by on Saturday thinking she had an antifreeze leak in her 2000 Nissan Maxima, but discovered she had a cracked radiator.

Campbell and his crew bought a new radiator and installed it in Dallarosa's car at no cost to her.

Dallarosa said the new radiator is a huge blessing since she would not have been able to afford it otherwise.

Campbell said they do a little bit of everything from tune ups to brake repair to computer diagnostics with donations funding the parts.

"We do all the labor for free," he said. "We've got a good crew of folks that come out and volunteer. We do everything we can."

Campbell said he started this outreach with a friend 11 years ago with people coming from all around the area, sometimes as far as Norman, to get their cars fixed.

The group usually sees around 10 cars during the day.

"Sometimes, it's quite a bit more," Campbell said. "Sometimes, it's quite a bit less, but there's always someone that needs help."

"If you ever need help, they're more than willing to help you," Dallarosa said.

Campbell said they will be back on the first Saturday in February and for months to come repairing cars. The address for The House is 33701 W Airline Rd, Pauls Valley, OK 73075.

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