CARA CHARITIES HELPS 'KATRINA' VICTIMS WITH CHILD SEATS THROUGH BUCKLE UP BABY PROGRAM National Program Gives Needed Assistance To Community Centers, Parishes SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Dec. 19, 2005) -- CARA Charities made the upcoming holiday season a...
CARA CHARITIES HELPS 'KATRINA' VICTIMS WITH CHILD SEATS THROUGH BUCKLE UP BABY PROGRAM
National Program Gives Needed Assistance To Community Centers, Parishes
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Dec. 19, 2005) -- CARA Charities made the upcoming holiday season a little brighter for the ravaged area of Louisiana this past week with a unique donation.
Through its internationally renowned Bridgestone/Firestone "Buckle Up Baby" program, CARA delivered over 120 special "child car seats" to community service centers, parishes and needy families who have survived in the tragically-affected "Bayou Country." The funds were raised through the Champ Car World Series Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund that created an online auction for Champ Car collectibles in September.
"We felt it was extremely important to help those folks in Louisiana who were so hard hit from Hurricane Katrina," said Vicki Faivre, president of CARA Charities. "The Buckle Baby program has been a key to CARA's involvement with the motorsports community by donating child car seats at all the areas near the open-wheel racing events. Now we are able to assist the people who are in so much need. It is good to help their holidays with these gifts from CARA."
The CARA Charities "Buckle Up Baby" project, established in 1993, has donated over $750,000 to children's hospitals and clinics throughout North America and has been supported by auto racing legends as well as racing industry leaders to promote child safety. In 2000, CARA Charities was awarded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Buckle Up America Champion Award in recognition of this successful program.
The child car seats were delivered December 16 to the Office of Community Services of St. Tammany Parish in Covington, La., as well as the Samaritan Center in Mandeville, La. From there several north shore parishes will also receive car seats.
Dave Cantrell of Performance Tire in Indianapolis made the trek to Ohio to pick up the seats and then traveled to Louisiana for the delivery.
The distribution of the seats will include use in cars of social workers, numerous expectant mothers who are without resources and selected churches who will give the seats to families in their parishes who lost everything in the hurricane.
In addition, CARA Charities donated $2000 to help rebuild the Samaritan Center that was nearly leveled in the hurricane. With assistance from an army of volunteers (some as far away as Washington and Minnesota), the center office will be reopened at the first of the year.
CARA Charities, founded in 1981 by Betty Rutherford and the women of open-wheel racing, has distributed over $3.8 million dollars to numerous racing and community organizations. CARA serves the community through charitable work and promotes the friendship of all those involved in the motor sports family.