Annual toy drive at Martinsville Speedway gives presents to local kids

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) This weekend, people won't need a race car to hit the track at Martinsville Speedway.

Come, donate a toy or some money, and get some time on the track.

This will be the 22nd year for the Martinsville Speedway’s annual toy drive. A new, unwrapped toy or ten dollars allows you to take your own car on the track for five laps. Or you can spend 50 dollars and ride with speedway president Clay Campbell in a NASCAR race car.

All this money and toys that are collected here at the track go toward the Grace Network. It's a group of about 100 churches that help families. Last year the toy drive collected 300 toys and $10 thousand dollars. That gave Christmas to about 200 kids who otherwise wouldn't have one.

“They do a great job at collecting food collecting money and they really help the community,” said Clay Campbell, Martinsville Speedway President. “It's one of the greatest organizations I've seen and they way they do it - it's top notch. So everything that we do here Saturday will go to Grace Network.”

It’s Saturday, December 10 from 10am until 2pm at Martinsville Speedway. Campbell says it's just another example of how generous people are here.

“It's all due to the people here in this community that open up their hearts and their pocketbooks to those who are less fortunate,” said Campbell. “So we're just happy and proud to do this each year and see the smiles on the people's faces who come in.”