In the spirit of giving back in the community, ARCA and The NASCAR Foundation have teamed up for the third-annual “Operation Speedy Bear Brigade.” On December 3, a day designated as “Giving Tuesday,” track employees will deliver The NASCAR Foundation’s Speedy Bears to children in the hospital at Mercy Health Children’s Hospital.
“It was a humbling and touching experience. Giving a child a bear that doesn’t speak many words and he says the word “cool”, melts your heart”, said ARCA Manager of Member and Employee Services Arlene Miazga.
In addition to ARCA’s efforts at Mercy Health Children’s Hospital Operation Speedy Bear Brigade is taking place in more than 30 other locations across the country on Giving Tuesday, including participation from several NASCAR office and track locations.
“The Speedy Bear Brigade truly demonstrates the generosity of our sport,” The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Nichole Krieger said. “This effort has continued to grow from year to year, without losing sight our ultimate goal to bring smiles to the faces of so many children who really need it.”
This effort is organized through The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, which supports needs expressed by hospitals, specialty clinics, camps and others providing children’s medical and health care services.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on December 3rd and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) was founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 and acquired by NASCAR in April 2018. The ARCA Menards Series, now in its 67th season, will sanction the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West in 2020 with the series being rebranded as the ARCA Menards Series East and West. ARCA will continue to sanction weekly races at Toledo Speedway and Flat Rock Speedway as well as with two branded late model tours, the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour.
ABOUT THE NASCAR FOUNDATION
The NASCAR Foundation was established in January 2006 to support initiatives that positively affect the lives of children throughout the United States. The 501(c) (3) non-profit entity partners with medical experts and other charitable organizations to fund children’s health care programs. The NASCAR Foundation has cumulatively donated more than $34 million to reach more than 1.25 million children. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit: NASCARfoundation.org. Follow The NASCAR Foundation on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NASCARFoundation or on Twitter: @NASCAR_FDN.