Local charity hopes to make difference while honoring racing legend

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Putting dinner on the table is a daily struggle for hundreds of families in our region, but those families got help Thursday afternoon.

Speedway Children's Charities is hoping to make a difference while also honoring a legend in racing.

A trunkload of food is actually a sense of relief for mother of four Heather Malone. "It really helps a lot, between both of us trying to work two jobs, and just getting bills paid," she said.

She's going home with a box of food and personal care items, which will make putting dinner on the table a lot easier. "It can feed us for awhile. A box can go along way with them," said Malone.

About 400 families in the Bristol, Tennessee area got help from Speedway Children's Charities Thursday afternoon. "We were looking for a signature project to do and I talked with United Way. They said that the need for families with children for food right now is tremendous," said Claudia Byrd with Speedway Children's Charities.

Byrd says this outreach to the community is actually a way to honor local racing legend Jeff Byrd two years after his death. "Jeff was a person who did for others, that's what he always did. He always wanted to do things for other people," added Claudia Byrd.

The legend is still making a difference one carload at a time, and those getting help are simply grateful. "It's nice to know people that will help, especially when you have little kids in the home," added Malone.

News 5 learned more than $600,000 has been donated to 84 different agencies in both Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, thanks to Speedway Children's Charities.

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