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Shared Blessings

Evansville couple has passion for giving back
Rita and Larry Meeks stand in the Carson Center’s Meeks Family Court, soon to be called the Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

For Rita and Larry Meeks, giving back is second nature. The owners of Gibco Motor Express, though quite humble, are known by many in the city for their generous spirits.

“We figure God blesses us so much, we just are more than happy to pass that on,” says Rita, who also runs R4 Boutique in French Lick, Indiana, and plans to open a store in Carmel, Indiana, soon. “I feel like that’s what it’s all about.”

Students of the University of Evansville who practice in the Carson Center’s Meeks Family Court enjoy the results of the couple’s contributions. The court was dedicated in 2011 and, according to university Athletic Director Mark Spencer, is set to undergo renovations soon. The new space will be called the Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

The couple also has been instrumental in the growth of the university’s Sixth Man Club (an organization that supports the men’s basketball program), as well as being active with Youth First, Inc.

“Youth First is such a good organization,” says Rita. “I have made so many wonderful friends; those people are the most giving and loving people.”

Evansville Christian Life Center, Potter’s Wheel, Ronald McDonald House, and more round out the list of organizations the Meeks have or continue to work with. They also proudly look back on donation efforts from the Tri-State during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The couple helped collect items and hauled them to areas affected by the storms using Gibco trucks.

“We took 18 loads in 53-foot tractor trailers,” says Larry. “We hauled everything from water to toys. It was well worth it.”

Larry, a native of Terre Haute, Indiana, and Rita, who always has called Evansville home, say their faith drives their passion for giving back to the community.

“I feel like we should all do our part,” says Rita. “I think community is the way to create a better society.” 

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