Circle Heart Racing

Racing to bring a better tomorrow for children in need of a smile today

“Miles of Smiles”

 

 

          

 

2009 Santa’s Toy Run Results

I would like to personally thank each person who made Santa’s Toy Run 2009 toy drive and fundraiser an absolute resounding success again!  I estimate that $8800 will be collected for Speedway Children’s Charities through personal donations, pledges made for the laps completed in the 9 hour endurance race and Race Car Ride Along, outstanding! My hat is off for those who worked so diligently to make this happenJ

To top it off , a truck load of toys were collected, distributed and greatly appreciated by Gwinnett Children Shelter, Haven House, A Friend’s House, Piedmont CASA, Noah’s Ark plus a number of families in crisis. All of these organizations and recipients were very grateful for the toys which made a very positive impact for kids in need this Christmas; especially since the demand has almost doubled this year. Everyone that took part in Santa’s Toy Run 2009 should feel good about themselves knowing there will be lots of smiles on kid’s faces on Christmas morning.

We owe a great deal of appreciation and admiration to the directors and staff of NASA-Southeast for their unwavering support to this unique event for the kids; Jim and Julie are great people.

We are looking forward to the 3rd Annual Santa’s Toy Run at Road Atlanta on December 3 – 5, 2010. Contact Ron Rigdon at 404-925-7350 or ron@circleheartracing.com  to get involved with this successful event.

TOGETHER we have made a difference in a child’s life this Christmas.

Many thanks and God bless all of you,

Ron & Debbie Rigdon

Circle Heart Racing

 

Speedway Children’s Charities – www.speedwaycharities.org

The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982; to care for children in educational, financial, social, and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of qualified and carefully chosen non-profit organizations that meet the direct need of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing; Tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future.

 

Gwinnett Children’s Shelter – www.gwinnettchildrenshelter.org

The youth are served through crisis and stabilization services, ages 5 – 17, runaway, homeless youth, or suffering from abuse, neglect, and abandonment as well as other family issues. These services include emergency shelter, life skills training, comprehensive child and family assessments, individual and group counseling, education, and are open 24 hours 7 days a week.

 

Haven House – www.henryhavenhouse.org

All Services provided at no cost for any victim of family violence and has an 18 bed safety shelter. These services include a 24 hour crisis line, legal advocacy, case management, safety planning, COPE (A one on one program for children in domestic violence situations), professional counseling, resettlement, plus follow up services.

 

Noah’s Ark – www.noahs-ark.org

Noah’s Ark Child Care Home serves a culturally diverse group of children for long term residential care and is located in Locust Grove, GA. They are licensed to provide professional residential care for 24 children, 20 on a permanent basis and 4 on an emergency basis. Some children may stay a night or a day or a weekend, and some may stay for years; the average stay for a child is 18 – 24 months.

 

Piedmont CASA – www.piedmontcasa.org

Piedmont CASA is the sole organization in the counties we serve that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who are the voice for foster children in Juvenile Court.  CASA volunteers provide critical feedback and information to Judges overseeing juvenile cases, and also provide a helping hand to foster children in their new foster homes, at school, and in all areas of their lives.  Whenever possible, CASA volunteers work to return children to their homes when it’s safe and secure for them to do so.

 

A Friend’s House – www.afriendshouse.org/friends-house/

A Friend’s House is dedicated to meeting the emotional and physical needs of children in crisis.Services such as counseling, medical treatment, academic assistance and recreational opportunities are available for the children. In 2008, the Henry County Department of Family and Children Services received 2,146 reports of child abuse, neglect or abandonment.That averages 179 reports each month!statistics are heartbreaking considering these numbers have more than doubled since 1998.

 

Check out these photos from

Santa’s Toy Run 2009

 

2011 Santa’s Toy Run Results

 

I would like to personally thank each person and race team who made Santa’s Toy Run 2011 Toy Drive and Fundraiser an absolute success . We collected  over $6000 in donations through personal contributions,  pledges made for the laps completed in the 8 hour endurance race and Race Car Ride Along, outstanding! I can’t express my gratitude  enough to those who worked so diligently to make this happen. We anticipate providing over 200 kids with toys for Christmas some of which may not have received  gifts.J

 

To top it off , a truck load of toys were collected, distributed and greatly appreciated by Gwinnett Children Shelter, Rainbow Village, KidStuff, Haven House, A Friend’s House, Piedmont CASA, Noah’s Ark plus a number of families in crisis. All of these organizations and recipients were very grateful for the toys which made a very positive impact for kids in need this Christmas; especially since the demand has almost doubled this year. Everyone that took part in Santa’s Toy Run 2010 should feel good about themselves knowing there will be lots of smiles on kid’s faces on Christmas morning.

 

We owe a great deal of appreciation and admiration to the directors and staff of NASA-Southeast for their unwavering support to this unique event for the kids; Jim and Julie are great people.

 

We are looking forward to the 4th Annual Santa’s Toy Run at Road Atlanta on December 2– 4 2012. Contact Ron Rigdon at 404-925-7350 or ron@circleheartracing.com  to get involved with this successful event.

 

Many thanks and God bless all of you,

Ron & Debbie Rigdon

Circle Heart Racing

TOGETHER we have made a difference in a child’s life this Christmas.

 

Speedway Children’s Charities – www.speedwaycharities.org

The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982; to care for children in educational, financial, social, and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of qualified and carefully chosen non-profit organizations that meet the direct need of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing; Tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future.

 

Gwinnett Children’s Shelter – www.gwinnettchildrenshelter.org

The youth are served through crisis and stabilization services, ages 5 – 17, runaway, homeless youth, or suffering from abuse, neglect, and abandonment as well as other family issues. These services include emergency shelter, life skills training, comprehensive child and family assessments, individual and group counseling, education, and are open 24 hours 7 days a week.

Rainbow Village—www.rainbowvillage.org

To provide families with children in North Metro Atlanta in domestic or economic crisis a healing environment to rebuild their lives through a transitional housing program that promotes self-sufficiency at no cost.

 

KidStuff=USA—www.kidstuff-usa.org  

Kid Stuff exists for the passion and purpose of bringing love and laughter into the lives of children whose  young lives have been affected by strife, poverty, or disease. They seek to raise the awareness of children’s needs,  by locating opportunities for KidStuff assistance and to positively affect the lives of these children and families.

 

Haven House – www.henryhavenhouse.org

All Services provided at no cost for any victim of family violence and has an 18 bed safety shelter. These services include a 24 hour crisis line, legal advocacy, case management, safety planning, COPE (A one on one program for children in domestic violence situations), professional counseling, resettlement, plus follow up services.

 

Noah’s Ark – www.noahs-ark.org

Noah’s Ark Child Care Home serves a culturally diverse group of children for long term residential care and is located in Locust Grove, GA. They are licensed to provide professional residential care for 24 children, 20 on a permanent basis and 4 on an emergency basis. Some children may stay a night or a day or a weekend, and some may stay for years; the average stay for a child is 18 – 24 months.

 

Piedmont CASA – www.piedmontcasa.org

Piedmont CASA is the sole organization in the counties we serve that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who are the voice for foster children in Juvenile Court.  CASA volunteers provide critical feedback and information to Judges overseeing juvenile cases, and also provide a helping hand to foster children in their new foster homes, at school, and in all areas of their lives.  Whenever possible, CASA volunteers work to return children to their homes when it’s safe and secure for them to do so.

 

A Friend’s House – www.afriendshouse.org/friends-house/

A Friend’s House is dedicated to meeting the emotional and physical needs of children in crisis.Services such as counseling, medical treatment, academic assistance and recreational opportunities are available for the children. In 2008, the Henry County Department of Family and Children Services received 2,146 reports of child abuse, neglect or abandonment.That averages 179 reports each month!statistics are heartbreaking considering these numbers have more than doubled since 1998.

 

Proud Sponsors of Santa’s Toy Run 2010

The 6th Annual Toy Drive was a success with donations at $15,260, gift cards at $1,040 and over 1400 toys collected. The main four contributors were Robertson Racing, Miller Family Foundation, NextGear Capital and most importantly, Jim and Julie with NASA-SE. We owe these contributors a great deal of thanks for their unwavering support of this great event to help children and the organizations that supports them.  Interstate Poker Club helped out with the toy collection significantly by donating a full box of toys. I also wanted to mention Terrell Williams for his wonderful BBQ raising over $1000 and the hundreds of entrants attending the event.

 

We also want to recognize Design Packaging for their awesome boxes, Carl & Vickie Eckert, Tom Hennig, Denise Emerine, Royce Duncan, Summit Marketing Agency, Wages & Sons Funeral Home, Auto Parts International, Zone Pest Control, Dixie Promotions, Trebor Auto Sales, Dixie Promotions, Joe Bath, Tim & Ruth Yoder and my good friend Drew Ewing for your donations to our charities. Your combined donations help put us over the top this year, thanks.

 

We were able to supply gift cards to 37 women in the domestic violence shelters, Gwinnett PADV and Haven House and 12 cards to older teenagers at A Friends House and Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. The funds were distributed to the following charities: Speedway Children’s Charities – Atlanta Chapter $3,500, Haven House $1,575, A Friend’s House $2,425, Sunrise Youth Group $2,150, Gwinnett Children’s Shelter $1,100, KidStuff $2,000, Gwinnett PADV (Kids Rec Program) $1860, VFW National Home For Children $650 plus numerous other organizations.  The toys were divided up among these organizations based on their needs list. Several of them would not have had any or enough toys to fulfill their need if it were not for these donations.

 

In conclusion, the 6th Annual Santa’s Toy Run 2013 was a total success for everyone involved. Many children had a great Christmas because of your generosity and the organizations received much needed donations to continue their work helping children.  Again, I personally want to give heartfelt THANKS for supporting Circle Heart Racing’s mission to bring “Miles of Smiles” to children in their time of need.