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Christmas toy drive at Martinsville Speedway raises over $12,000

PHOTO: Martinsville Speedway

RIDGEWAY, VA – Martinsville Speedway's 26th annual Christmas Toy Drive, which benefits the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, raised $12,350 along with hundreds of toys to be distributed to families in need this holiday season.

“In this unprecedented year, I’ll never forget how our community rallied together to support those in need for the Christmas Toy Drive,” said track President Clay Campbell. “Thanks to the citizens of Martinsville and Henry County and our valued Martinsville Speedway partners for donating to support our efforts with the Grace Network to help families this holiday season.”

The toy drive welcomed the region to donate an unwrapped toy or $20 for the opportunity to drive laps around the iconic track in their personal vehicles.

“Once again, we are so grateful to Martinsville Speedway for hosting the annual Christmas Toy Drive. This year has been challenging on so many levels, but the steadfast commitment of our community holds true as we work together to make sure the kids are served,” said Grace Network Executive Director Tracy Hinchcliff.

The donated toys and monetary donations will be distributed to over 700 area children through Grace Network, which is a faith-based, first-stop center for resources for families in crisis.

The organization supports those in the community who need support to keep a roof over their heads, homes warm and lighted, and food on the table with short-term assistance and long-term solutions.

The speedway says over 26 years, the Christmas toy drive has impacted more than 10,000 children in Martinsville and Henry County with gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning.

In addition to hundreds of members of the community, AEP, Bassett Furniture, Campbell Family Foundation, Clarence’s Steakhouse, Raceway Ministries, and Williams Auction Company all made contributions to the event.

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