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As part of the events leading up to the upcoming Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation race on August 13 at Richmond Raceway, Worldwide Express (“WWEX”) has partnered with local carrier Estes to host a series of activities to benefit charities local charities including UMFS and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Worldwide Express will host a toy and supply drive at Richmond Raceway, greet and greet drivers and donate race tickets to CHoR and UMFS families.

Estes will also be hosting a toy drive at its Richmond headquarters Aug. 8-19, where employees are encouraged to donate needy toys and supplies to CHoR and UMFS. Another local carrier, UPS, will receive tickets for the Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation race for teams and families at its local UPS Customer Center.

“We are pleased to honor our carriers by impacting two organizations that are supported by Estes, one of our largest and longest serving carrier partners. Over the years, Richmond-based Estes has made a significant contribution of time and resources to Richmond Children’s Hospital at VCU and UMFS, and we would like to continue their efforts by encouraging donations from teams, fans and of the general public surrounding the race. said Worldwide Express President Rob Rose.

“As a family business for over 90 years, our team enjoys supporting nonprofits and causes that go above and beyond to help children and families thrive, like UMFS and CHoR,” said Rob Estes, President and CEO of Estes. “We want to thank our friends at Worldwide Express for choosing Estes as our partner to help bring toys, supplies, donations, fun and hope to these deserving organizations.”

Toy and Supply Drive: August 13 and 14 at Richmond Raceway

Worldwide Express will be accepting toy and supply donations in person at the Worldwide Express Fan Zone at Richmond Raceway Midway on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14. Each person who donates will be entered into a raffle to win driver-signed memorabilia and prizes, including a Richmond Raceway flag signed by current NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Niece Motorsports memorabilia and Trackhouse Racing merchandise. .

Wish list items for both organizations include coloring books, books, fidget toys, LEGO toys, wipeable school age toys, preschool toys, dinosaur figures, PAW Patrol toys, slime kits, putty, therapy paste, kinetic sand, UNO card games, family card games, family board games, battery operated string lights, balls (sensory balls, playground balls, balls bouncy cars), remote control cars/vehicles, Matchbox cars, art supplies and school headphones.

“We are so grateful to be part of this exciting opportunity through Worldwide Express. We want to help children feel comfortable and at home while in hospital, and access to toys and supplies helps us do that,” said Stephanie Allan, vice president of community development at the Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Every dollar raised and every toy donated makes a difference in a child’s life at CHoR.”

Fans can also make monetary donations online which will be used to purchase toys and supplies through the Worldwide Express website at wwex.com/toydrive. Online donations will be accepted beginning Monday, August 8 and will end at 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, August 19. All monetary donations will be used to purchase items directly from the CHoR and UMFS wishlists and will be donated to the organizations. . Worldwide Express will match all donations up to a total of $25,000.

Driver Meet and Greet: August 11 at UMFS

On Thursday, August 11, Niece Motorsports drivers Dean Thompson and Carson Hocevar will make an appearance at UMFS alongside the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, winner of the #41 Worldwide Express Chevrolet. Pilots will participate in a Q&A session, sign autographs, and provide photo opportunities for UMFS students, staff, and families, as well as Estes Headquarters teams. UMFS is located at 3900 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230.

“UMFS is grateful for the continued support of Worldwide Express and our neighbors in Estes,” said Nancy Toscano, President and CEO of UMFS. “Estes and UMFS have been rooted in the Richmond community for decades, and thanks to strong community partners like Estes, we are able to better serve the children, teens and families of Virginia.”

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