Man uses his parking lot for charity during strawberry festival

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – A special cause will be out on the lot of the Carmins’ brothers as the Troy Strawberry Festival is underway for the weekend.

The brothers own a parking lot a few blocks away from the festival at near Cherry Street and Main Street.

They’ve decided to put it to good use for charity.

For $10 or a donation, drivers can park in the lot.

The proceeds are all going back into the community, most of it to Good Samaritan Hospital.

Last March, 75-year-old  Mark Carins had his heart stopped at the hospital.

He passed out following a surgery and woke up to nurses pumping against his chest to resuscitate him and get him into the OR.

Now a survivor, Carins and his family want to give back to the nurses and doctors who saved his life and cared for him during  the most crucial time.

It’s because of those men that Tommy Carins said he can still enjoy times like Saturday with his brother.

He drove from Florida to be sure he could support his brother and man the fort so they each could take shifts recruiting people into the lot.

Mark Carins told 2NEWS that the personalized care is what he hopes to pass down through his donation.

“We’re not keeping a dime, we’re not keeping a dime. This is payback for me,” said the Troy native. “We’re just local boys– like people and we don’t get all caught up in corporation games and everything– gotta have corporation, but I’ll tell you when it comes down to it, it’s nice being people-oriented and just doing it person-to-person, people-to-people one at a time one at a time.”

By Saturday night, the Carins brothers already raised $700, $100 of which has gone to their old elementary school in Troy, St. Patrick.

They hope to make a $1000 donation to Good Samaritan by the end of the festival Sunday.

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