Heritage High School senior offers social distancing car wash

Cade Gardner wants to give back to a community that has given so much to him

Cade Gardner wants to wash your car.

Not for money. Not for donations.

Just because.

“With all this crazy stuff going on … I just felt like helping people out around here,” Gardner said.

Cade Gardner wants to wash your car for free. Exterior only, while maintaining social distancing. He just wants to do something to help out the community. Photo by Paul Valencia
Cade Gardner wants to wash your car for free. Exterior only, while maintaining social distancing. He just wants to do something to help out the community. Photo by Paul Valencia

A senior at Heritage High School, he was supposed to be in the middle of his track and field season. 

Instead, he is doing his online school work and getting restless.

“I was just trying to figure out something I could do for people,” he said. “My thing: I want to help as many people as I can and get a smile on more than just a couple faces.”

Here’s how it would work.

People can email or text him with an address, a description of the car, and a window of time that would be good for Gardner to wash the car. Gardner will use a waterless car solution and he will bring his own towels. He will not be hooking up to a water source.

Oh, and this is meant to be a solo project. Just him and the car. Car owners do not need to come outside to talk to him. They can if they want, of course, but the idea is to continue social distancing guidelines.

Some people aren’t driving much, so their cars just sit there and pick up dust. Or, some people are still using their cars daily but it might not be a priority for them to get their cars washed.

Gardner just wants to provide a quick wash. Nothing too elaborate. Exterior only. But his act of kindness can put a shine back on a car.

“Everyone has done so much for Heritage and me, too,” he said. “I feel I want to give back.”

Gardner said he is not sure if this will take off or not. If he only gets a couple cars a week, that’s fine. However, if too many people take him up on the offer, he said he will enlist friends to join him on this mission.

Anyone in Clark County can reach out to him. Just be patient if he has a lot of requests.

Oh, and the cost?

A smile.

“I just want to help people out,” Gardner said.To contact Cade Gardner for a car wash, email him at cadegardner2016@gmail.com or text him at (360) 839-5057. He needs an address, description of the car, and a preferred time during the day to wash the car. Oh, and if it is raining, he might have to delay the wash until a brighter day.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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