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Cedar Rapids parking company to waive fines for donations

(FILE PHOTO) Josie Robertson (foreground), Walter Postley (background from left), Youssef Yared, and Alana Hansel (partially hidden), all employees of Park Cedar Rapids, unload items donated by members of the public in lieu of paying parking fines at Waypoint Services in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. People donated items valued at approximately four thousand dollars worth of parking fines that year. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
(FILE PHOTO) Josie Robertson (foreground), Walter Postley (background from left), Youssef Yared, and Alana Hansel (partially hidden), all employees of Park Cedar Rapids, unload items donated by members of the public in lieu of paying parking fines at Waypoint Services in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. People donated items valued at approximately four thousand dollars worth of parking fines that year. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Forgetful motorists can get up to $100 in Cedar Rapids parking fines forgiven by getting into the holiday spirit and helping those in need.

Park Cedar Rapids, which manages downtown parking, is offering to waive the fines through its Forget the Fine Citation Forgiveness Event beginning Tuesday and running through Dec. 21.

Motorists must donate new items similar in price to the citation value to have the fines forgiven.

The donations will go to area homeless shelters and family service centers.

Donations can be brought to the Park Cedar Rapids office at 349 Fourth Ave. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

More information about the fine forgiveness event is available by calling (319) 365-7275 or emailing contactus@parkcedarrapids.com.

In three years, the annual event has helped raise nearly $12,000 in donations and has dismissed 691 citations.

Items being sought include:

l For a $10 fine — baby wipes and diapers (all sizes), four-pack toilet paper and two-pack paper towels, winter hats and gloves, small blankets, baby clothes, deodorant and 12-ounce shampoo and conditioner, 24-count Tylenol, and body wash/bar soap, dish soap and disinfecting wipes.

l For a $15 fine — Detergent and Pine-Sol cleaner, bedding sheet sets (all sizes), mattress protectors, four-pack toilet paper and six pack paper towels, baby formula, backpacks, garbage bags and Ziploc bags, and First Aid kits.

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l For a $25 fine — Grocery store gift cards (equal to $20 or more), winter coats, snow boots, large blankets, diaper bags, large bath towels (four) and pillows (two).

l For a $100 fine — Grocery store gift cards (equal to $90 or more), bedding sets (all sizes), strollers, pots and pans set, 31-day bus passes (two), and 12-ounce baby formula (five).

l Comments: (319) 398-8310; brian.morelli@thegazette.com

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