The Russian attack on Ukraine has pushed various organizations to help the war torn nation. Blocked ports and dangerous roads from recent bombings have made it difficult or impossible to get aid to those who need it most, namely children, the sick and the elderly.
Samaritan’s Purse, a North Carolina based Christian relief organization, recently sent teams to Poland and Romania to help those affected by the recent attack by Russia on Ukraine. Each team includes a medical staff member to help with unmet healthcare needs. Following the NASCAR race on Sunday, the non-profit’s Ukraine efforts received a major financial boost.
Michael Foust recently reported in Christian Headlines:
Hendrick Motorsports will donate $302,000 to the Samaritan’s Purse Ukraine relief effort after its four-car team led a total of 51 laps during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Hendrick Motorsports and team owner Rick Hendrick had pledged to donate $200,000 and then an additional $2,000 for each lap led by the team.
Team member Alex Bowman won the race and led 16 laps, while teammate Kyle Larson finished second after leading 27 laps. Another Hendrick member, William Byron, finished fifth and led eight laps.
Hendrick Automotive Group, led by Rick Hendrick, is well-known among NASCAR enthusiasts, but that’s not all they do. The group also operates collisions centers, accessories distributor installers and is a leader in the automobile retail industry.
The financial pledge to Ukraine relief is not the first time the Hendrick’s have provided resources to help those in need. Seven years ago, Hendrick and his wife, Linda, established the Hendrick Family Foundation, a non-profit that provides funds for hunger initiatives, educational purposes and health concerns, such as the Levine Children’s Hospital.
In Foust’s recent article, Hendrick said:
… NASCAR provides us with an incredibly powerful platform, and I believe we have a moral obligation to use it to help people in need.”
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