Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Update
On October 29, 2012, the NASCAR community watched and waited as Hurricane Sandy affected areas of the east coast. Many of our fellow fans were directly in the storm’s path. But, in a sport known for its speed, it did not take long for the NASCAR industry to race into action.
The industry United in an effort to raise funds for charities working to aid the affected areas most devastated with an awareness campaign and donation collection through the NASCAR Unites Disaster Relief Fund. NASCAR’s loyal fans rallied for the cause as a stream of donations were collected through an online site and by mail. An online auction included packages donated by our tracks, teams and drivers to assist in the relief efforts.
Save the Children, Feeding America and AmeriCares were chosen as the three charities to benefit from the funds collected.
Save the Children will support the deployment of immediate relief and provide for long-term recovery programs with a priority towards children. They will work to restore access to child car and other essential services, as well as help children deal with loss. Feeding America will support their program to prepare and distribute food, water and supplies throughout the affected area, encompassing more than 25 food banks in its network affected by the storm. AmeriCares will support their program to have targeted medicine, such as tetanus vaccines, chronic care meds, first aid, water, emergency family kits and personal hygiene kits and other supplies, ready for shipment to those displaced in the affected areas.
“Thank you, generous NASCAR fans," said Mary Rauscher, AmeriCares special events director. "With your support, AmeriCares medicines and relief supplies are making a difference in the lives of thousands of families still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.”
The NASCAR Foundation would like to thank all who contributed to the NASCAR Unites Disaster Relief Fund efforts. Your efforts will continue to provide relief for those experiencing devastation brought by Hurricane Sandy.