A York City family is just a few thousand dollars short of making a life-changing purchase.

For about 18 months, Chris Sauerbaum and his wife, Heather Sloat, have been fundraising toward their goal of $10,000 for a down payment on a customized truck.

They've sold plants and cookbooks. They've hosted events and started an online GoFundMe page.

And, so far, they've raised $8,000.

On Saturday, the couple will host a car show they hope will help them reach $10,000.

The event: The Drive for Independence Upshift Summer Bash is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Leg Up Farm, 4880 N. Sherman St. in Mount Wolf.

Sloat said she's hoping fellow "car people" will come out for a day of engines, food and children's activities.

At the event, the cost to register a car for the show is $15. The event is free and open to the public.

Sauerbaum, who has a physical disability resulting from chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy, earned a driver's license more than 10 years ago.

But he's been unable to drive because he needs a vehicle customized with joystick hand controls and a specialized lift.

The goal: The state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will pay for the customized conversion. But it's up to Sauerbaum and Sloat to purchase the vehicle first.

They have their eyes on a Mobility SVM Chevrolet Silverado, which could cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

Having that truck would mean independence for Sauerbaum, who relies on his wife to drive himself to work in Lancaster.

It would mean 40 miles clocked on the odometer each day instead of 80.

It would mean Sloat can spend more time with the couple's twin 4-year-old boys.

And it will mean the simple pleasure of sharing the responsibility of running errands when the orange juice runs low or the boys need cough medicine.

"Right now, there's just so much time and effort getting Chris to work," Sloat said. "Right now we just feel rushed getting everywhere."

For more information about the event, visit www.driveforindependence.wordpress.com.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.