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- American stock car racing driver
In the spirit of the holiday season, NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace was on-hand at zMAX Dragway for his Live to Be Different Foundation’s second annual toy drive.
As the inclement weather stayed at bay, Wallace gathered some family and friends, including his fiancee Amanda Carter and sister Brittany Wallace, to assist in handing out bikes and other toys to families who needed the assistance.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to give back, it’s all about giving back,” Wallace told NASCAR.com. “Hasn’t been the prettiest day, but it is the holiday season and everyone is in the holiday spirit. It just feels good to be giving back to the families who didn’t have enough time, the pandemic hit super hard and they might be going through some things. We’re here to help out and have that helping hand and shoulder to lean on for Christmas and give the kids the presents that they all deserve.”
Carter noted the foundation’s toy drive has over 400 kids they are supporting this year.
“This year, we’ve had a great turnout of applicants and a great turnout of volunteers,” Carter said. “People have been very generous and have donated toys and money to support local families in the area. … Hopefully we have a lot of happy kids opening gifts this year from their families. It’s just been fun to mingle today with people and get in the holiday spirit.”
Wallace’s foundation has been active since 2017. Its mission is to encourage the next generation to be better and more inclusive than every generation before it, so that they can achieve anything they put their mind to, just as Bubba has done in his journey as a Black race-car driver.