Martinsville Speedway held its 26th annual Christmas Toy Drive to benefit the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County on Friday, Dec. 4. Thanks to the tremendous support of the community and partners the Christmas Toy Drive raised $12,350 along with hundreds of toys to be distributed to families in need this holiday season.

“In this unprecedented year, I’ll never forget how our community rallied together to support those in need for the Christmas Toy Drive,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell. “Thanks to the citizens of Martinsville and Henry County and our valued Martinsville Speedway partners for donating to support our efforts with the Grace Network to help families this holiday season.” 

The Christmas Toy Drive welcomed the greater Martinsville region to donate an unwrapped toy or $20 for the opportunity to drive laps around the iconic track in their personal vehicles. In addition to hundreds of members of the community, AEP, Bassett Furniture, Campbell Family Foundation, Clarence’s Steakhouse, Raceway Ministries and Williams Auction Company all made significant contributions to the Christmas Toy Drive. The monetary and toy donations will impact over 700 children through the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.

“Once again, we are so grateful to Martinsville Speedway for hosting the annual Christmas Toy Drive. This year has been challenging on so many levels, but the steadfast commitment of our community holds true as we work together to make sure the kids are served,” said Tracy Hinchcliff, executive director, Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County. “I can’t imagine being a kid this year, having to learn and function in a different way and for so many, with parents facing financial challenges, the need was greater than ever before. We are so pleased with the outcome of the Christmas Toy Drive, along with being filled with appreciation for all of the volunteers for Grace Network and staff at the Speedway. Without all of these ‘Santa’s Helpers’ we could not make this happen.”

The donated toys and monetary donations will be distributed to over 700 area children through the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, which is a faith-based, first-stop center for resources for families in crisis. The organization supports those in the community who need support to keep a roof over their heads, homes warm and lighted, and food on the table with short-term assistance and long-term solutions. To learn more about the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, visit  gracenetworkmhc.org.

Over 26 years, the Christmas Toy Drive has impacted more than 10,000 area children with gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning in Martinsville and Henry County. The Christmas Toy Drive is one of the most popular annual events in the greater Martinsville region as residents from Henry County and the surrounding counties in Virginia and North Carolina come to support those in need in our community.