FORT WORTH, Texas (July 24, 2013) – Texas Motor Speedway kicked off the sixth consecutive year of its “Speeding to Help” community outreach program by collecting and delivering donations for Mission Arlington.
A dozen volunteers from Texas Motor Speedway teamed up to pick up donations from local homes in Arlington, Mansfield and surrounding cities and brought them to Mission Arlington’s community help center. With the direction of Mission Arlington, Texas Motor Speedway volunteers in turn were able to make deliveries of these donations to less fortunate individuals in the community.
“Touching furniture, lifting it, moving it, whatever it was, it just made people feel good knowing that (Texas Motor Speedway) was here,” Mission Arlington Executive Director Tillie Burgin said. “It really did make a difference this morning. You never stopped working from the time you arrived and were smiling all the time. I felt good about it, thank you!”
Since it began in 1986, Mission Arlington has been known in the community as a center where less fortunate people can receive help through a variety of services. The Christian social agency provides services ranging from emergency assistance with food, furniture and other household items to dental and medical clinics at no charge to people in the community who can’t afford it on their own expense.
“Every day we see at least 1,000 people come through here and if you talk about just touches, there are many, many more than that,” Burgin said. “Just like you did today, taking furniture, moving furniture, food, all the ways that the mission is able to help a life. You had no idea when you put food and clothes in the bins out there, I had a lady say ‘Man, they’re nice.’ People enjoy being treated well when they come here. You (Texas Motor Speedway) were a part of that.”
“The life blood of Mission Arlington is volunteer help and we were proud to contribute today along with many others who see the tremendous value of this program to the community,” Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo said. “Mission Arlington is making a huge impact on the less fortunate in the community each and we were pleased to be a small part of that today.”
Texas Motor Speedway’s visit to Mission Arlington was the first of four visits employee volunteers will make as part of “Speeding to Help.” On Wednesday, July 31, volunteers will visit the Ranchos Brazos community in Granbury to work with The United Methodist Committee on Relief in assisting the rebuilding efforts of a community ravaged by a deadly EF4 tornado.
The program will continue with a visit to West on Tuesday, Aug. 6, to assist the West Long-Term Recovery Project in their rebuilding efforts from the deadly fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 and injured more than 200. Concluding the program will be a visit to the Humane Society of North Texas on Friday, Aug. 16, where volunteers will assist the staff in preparation of animals for adoption.