TRUEX TAKES PART IN OPRAH'S BIG GIVE Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver Martin Truex Jr. found himself giving back to the community while preparing for this weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The driver of the No.1 Bass Pro...
TRUEX TAKES PART IN OPRAH'S BIG GIVE
Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver Martin Truex Jr. found himself giving back to the community while preparing for this weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
The driver of the No.1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet recently took part in a charitable fundraiser led by TV personality Oprah Winfrey, called "Oprah's Big Give." The 27-year-old New Jersey native was one of the first to step up to the plate to help local Charlotte, N.C. ABC affiliate WSOC-TV with their Oprah challenge as part of her now famous Big Give TV series.
After receiving $10,000 from Oprah's show, WSOC-TV challenged local businesses to donate items to fill back packs for almost 1,500 children in the Charlotte area through the Second Harvest Metrolina Food Bank. Truex and his staff at the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation quickly donated diecast cars and hero cards, and sought cash and product donations from other drivers in the NASCAR community. The station has garnered almost $40,000 to date, so much that Oprah's staff chose the top-3 ABC affiliates across the country, including WSOC-TV, that raised the most money and gave them another $30,000 to see how much further they could take their giving. Other NASCAR drivers have stepped up to the challenge with pallets of Gatorade, board games, books and canned goods for the kids.
"Coming to Talladega always reminds me of how blessed I am," Truex said. "I used to dream about racing here, and I got to this point in my career because I've always been surrounded by a loving family and supportive friends. I feel like I should give back to the community and, hopefully, make an impact in someone's life."