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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Sep. 14, 2020 2 months ago

NASCAR Foundation delivers teddy bears to local hospitals

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

The NASCAR Foundation and its track partners delivered over 1,000 Speedy Bears on National Teddy Bear Day to nearly 40 hospitals in 18 states across the U.S. on Wednesday, Sept. 9. 

In Volusia County, 120 Speedy Bears were donated to young patients at Halifax Health's pediatric units in Daytona and Deltona, according to a press release.

“When children are in the hospital it can be an unsettling time,” said John Guthrie, vice president of communications at Halifax Health in the press release. “We

Safety Sam high-fives a pediatric patient at Halifax Health. Courtesy photo

do everything we can to put our pediatric patients at ease and these bears The NASCAR Foundation provides are just one more way to share compassion with the smallest patients.”

Several local businesses also participated in the initiative, collecting donations for the NASCAR Foundation through Sept. 30 as part of the Speedy Bear Pin Up program. Some of the businesses include Ben and Jerry's, Jersey Mike's, 4 Rivers BBQ, The Running Elements and Sunglass World at One Daytona.

The Speedy Bear Brigade began in 2017, the program has delivered almost 4,000 teddy bears.

Funds raised for VCAN2020

The Clemente Car Project's annual golf outing "Golf For Kid's Sake" raised $5,000 for VCAN2020, a Food Brings Hope initiative that provides immediate relief services like food and shelter to youth under 25 and families with children in Volusia County, a press release announced. 

Armin Babazadeh, Nina Hosseini, Randy Dye, Forough Hosseini, Ida Babazadeh and Vinod Sagrani. Courtesy photo

Local auto dealer Randy Dye's event was held at the Plantation Bay Golf and Country Club with "special accommodations" made to practice social distancing. Each year, the proceeds are donated to organizations that support children. 

“Our heart for what Food Brings Hope does is large... Thank you for allowing us to help a little,” said Dye according to the press release. 

Church collecting donations for Family Renew

Tomoka United Methodist Church, located at 1000 Old Tomoka Road, is still accepting donations of food, diapers, toilet paper and coloring books for children, to go to Family Renew Community, every Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon. The last Thursday collections will be accepted is Sept. 24.

A look at one Thursday's collection drive at Tomoka United Methodist Church. Courtesy photo

The biggest needs are for non-perishable food, basic hygiene items such as shampoo and soap, and things for children. No clothing items are currently being accepted. Call 615-0800 for more information.

"The Family Renew Community and Tomoka United Methodist Church wish to say 'thank you' to all of Ormond Beach who have supported the Thursday morning food collections at the church," an email stated. "It's such a great thing when citizens come together to help neighbors."

Day of Unity breakfast planned

The Beacon Center's third-annual Day of Unity breakfast will be held at the Hard Rock in Daytona Beach on Oct. 1. The event seeks to raise awareness about the impact of domestic violence and its effect on individuals, families and communities, according to an email.

Funds raised support the services and operations at the Beacon Center. Visit for more information.


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