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for Tots announced that 2013 was another record setting year for
its annual Christmas toy drive to help needy and under privileged
children in Western Pennsylvania. Thousands of toys were collected
making it the biggest year in the 15 year history of Racers for
Tots and a local charity received unexpected assistance from Racers
for Tots when a flood destroyed the toys they had collected just
days from Christmas.
want to thank everyone for all of the toys that were donated this
year to the Racers for Tots program and tickets that were purchased
for the Rocket racecar. The racing community and community at
large came together in record numbers and we can’t thank
everyone enough” said Racers for Tots organizer Jimmy Steigerwald.
Tots was started in 1999 by Steigerwald, a race official at Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, as a way to help children, who through
unfortunate circumstances would wake up Christmas morning with
few or no gifts.
prior to Christmas the Salvation Army of Monessen was flooded
and the toys they had collected were destroyed. Hearing the plea
for help, Racers for Tots and Organizer Jimmy Steigerwald and
the Racers for Tots crew were the first to spring into action
donating toys and 12 bicycles that had been collected.
Salvation Army was surprised and thrilled to get the toys we gave
them and it helped them immensely” stated Steigerwald “That’s
what Racers for Tots is all about, giving to those in need at
Christmas and they were completely surprised and thankful”.
the race season Racers for Tots conducts a raffle at local speedways
and businesses for a brand new Rocket dirt race car (less motor
and transmission) in which a $10.00 donation gives you an opportunity
to win the racecar given away at the World Finals at the Dirt
Track at Charlotte in November. Bill Fore of Granitville, SC was
the winner of the racecar.
fundraising efforts included a March bingo at the Carnegie Volunteer
Fire Hall, a summer golf outing at the Ponderosa Golf Course in
Burgettstown and chances to win raffles were available.
Racers for Tots partnered with the Chartiers Valley Parents Teacher
Group (PTG) and the Chartiers Valley Primary School in Collier,
Township, PA and the schools kindergarten through second grade
classes adopted Racers for Tots as the school's charity.
of the PTG spearheaded the effort and this year brought in the
entire Chartiers Valley School District and more than 2,000 students
collected toys for Racers for Tots. Word out is that a challenge
is being established between Chartiers Valley and South Fayette
School District for the 2014 Racers for Tots toy drive. More information
will be forthcoming on the challenge.
Tots concluded its 2013 toy drive with a Christmas party at the
South Fayette (PA) Firehall in December with attendees donating
a new unwrapped toy or $10.00 for admission to the party.
Tots is gearing up for the 2014 Christmas toy drive and race season
with a brand new Rocket racecar that could possibly debut for
Tots will again hold the bingo in March at the Carnegie Fire Hall
as well as another in October. The golf outing is also on the
calendar for the end of July.
a list of charities that received Racers for Tots toys in 2013.
Hospital of Pittsburgh (60 large boxes)
The Children’s Institute, Amazing Kids
Share the Joy program and Racers for Tots helper Bob Walters distributed
toys in a sleigh with help from Santa Claus throughout the Delmont,
Export, Murrysville areas
The Allegheny County Housing Authority
The F.O.R program in McKees Rocks
Catholic Charities of Washington and Greene Counties
Salvation Army of Monessen
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annual Racers for Tots Christmas party was held on Saturday December
14 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the South Fayette Firehall
in Cuddy, PA. Admission to the party was either a $10.00 donation
or an unwrapped toy.
A cash bar
was available from 5:00 p.m. on and free food was served at 6:00
evening a Chinese auction was held with items that included a
32” Flat Screen TV and 80 piece Tool Box on wheels as well
as other items.
Racers for Tots Toy Drive is underway and the Chartiers Valley
School Districts Primary School, Middle School and High School
are again collecting toys as part of each school's Christmas charity
and will present the toys to Racers for Tots.
of Graniteville, SC won the 2013 Spider Design Racers for Tots
Rocket racecar at a drawing held on the final night of the World
Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in early November. Shortly
after Bill presented the winning ticket and claimed the Rocket
racecar he sold it to a car owner in the stands.