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After a successful event at Darlington Raceway on May 18, The NASCAR Foundation again teamed up with the Joey Logano Foundation and Elevation Outreach, an outreach ministry of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, North Carolina, to bring Convoy of Hope to Martinsville Speedway on June 11.
On June 10, as NASCAR Cup Series drivers prepared to take the green flag at Martinsville, a tractor trailer full of 30,000 pounds of food and supplies arrived in Martinsville, Virginia. Due to anticipated weather, volunteers moved the staging operation to the Salvation Army, where they prepared for the relief effort designed to bring hope to this racing community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In these uncertain times, it feels great to bring some much-needed hope to families in Martinsville,” said Nichole Krieger, The NASCAR Foundation’s executive director. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to expand our partnership with Joey Logano Foundation, Convoy of Hope and Elevation Outreach to reach even more of our racing communities.”
For three hours on the morning of June 11, volunteers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Blue Ridge, Bowman Gray Ladies Auxiliary, the Grace Network and other community partners worked alongside The NASCAR Foundation, Joey Logano Foundation and Elevation Outreach to load grocery bags filled with emergency food, water and hygiene supplies into a line of queued vehicles. An added treat for younger guests, The NASCAR Foundation provided its signature Speedy Bears that enlisted smiles all around.
“We are so thankful for Martinsville Speedway graciously providing a platform for this donation event,” said Ali O‘Connor, the Joey Logano Foundation’s executive director. “This important work answers a community’s basic needs and we couldn’t be more proud to participate.”
Serving nearly 800 households in the Martinsville community, Convoy of Hope’s contactless drive-thru ensured the safety of its staff, volunteers and deserving guests. Convoy of Hope is addressing an important need during the ongoing pandemic, and its distributions have helped to surpass its goal of 10 million meals served.