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Racine resident Shane Jamrych needs some help buying the parts he needs to finish restoring a 1964 Chevy Impala for a U.S. veteran.

He contacted Racine County Eye on Facebook asking us to share his story.

“I am giving a vet here in Racine, and I need donations to do this,” he wrote. “I need the car done by the 4th of July to give to him.”

The name of the veteran – who served in the Marines in Vietnam and has helped a number of people himself – is being kept a secret so as not to spoil the surprise.

Jamrych said working on the car actually helps out two families because the vehicle belongs to a single mother. Any money he receives above and beyond the cost of parts will help the woman take care of her children, he added.

The car needs ball joint, tie rods, an intake gasket, new paint, and Jamrych plans to add the U.S. Marine decal as well.

The goal is work on one car per year and present the finished vehicle to a local veteran.

So far, donations have been slow to roll in, but Jamrych is hopeful that the more people hear about what he’s trying to do, the more will be willing to give.

Donations can be dropped off at any Educator’s Credit Union, and folks can follow Shane’s progress by liking his Facebook page.