Since Wednesday, community members have been able to celebrate their birthday or special occasion in a one-of-a-kind way: with a traveling parade of tow trucks from Accurate Towing & Recovery.
Accurate Towing & Recovery, based out of Sycamore, has been providing free traveling parades of tow trucks around northern DeKalb County.
“We started on Wednesday, reaching out to a group on Facebook, and it’s taken off like wildfire,” said Adam Benn, an owner of the tow truck company. “We started at noon Wednesday and didn’t end until 9 p.m. We’ve visited subdivisions and homes in DeKalb, Sycamore, Cortland and Kirkland. How often do parades go down the streets of your neighborhood? We can bring the parade right to your house.”
Benn said that the parade of six tow trucks has been met with cheers and signs by onlookers. Some parade viewers stay indoors and watch from windows, while others watch from their front porch, driveway or street’s curb.
Benn said the idea started because the tow truck industry has taken a hit during the stay-at-home order.
“Business is slow because everyone is at home and not driving,” he said. “When I mentioned the idea of a traveling parade, every one of my employees was on board.”
To schedule a traveling tow truck parade in your neighborhood, call Accurate Towing & Recovery at 815-899-9200 or visit their Facebook page.
“We don’t seek recognition, we are doing it to uplift the spirits of kids and families that have been staying at home,” Benn said. “It’s important to take care of each other. It’s a trying time for everybody.”
Scheduling the parades are free and donations are not necessary. Benn said one of the greatest rewards he has received was having a young girl stop by to drop off a thank you card after a parade went by her house on Wednesday.
“It’s the little things that count,” he said. “In 2012, our company went to New York for two months to help with the relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy. We get involved and help out because we care. All you can do is help others and try to do the right thing.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle