HILLSVILLE – Each December, NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd makes his trip to the Virginia Mountains.
One of the stops was to the Rex Theatre in Galax last month where he showed up with a tractor-trailer loaded with gift bags and other things for the needy and handicapped families in Galax and the Twin County.
But Shepherd wanted to do more for the community.
A representative of the Morgan Shepherd Charitable Fund contacted Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner about making a donation to a group not already served by a fund raising drive.
Gardner said there are fund raising drives for coats, food, clothing and more.
Gardner said he had supper in Galax with Shepherd and it was his wish to give $4,000 and he wanted to make sure all the money was spent wisely and went to a good use.
“I talked with a school guidance counselor and was told that there was a real need for underwear, socks and shoes for elementary school age students,” Gardner said. “So we are working with all the elementary schools in the area to find out what they need for their students.”
Gardner said any funds left over would be donated to the Backpack Buddies program that provides food for children in Carroll County.
“One thing’s for sure, we will put all of Shepherd’s donation to good use and I will report back to him on how it was spent,” Gardner said.
According to Shepherd’s website, the Morgan Shepherd Charitable Fund was established in 1986 as a program to assist the needy and handicapped in the Virginia mountains. The Charity raises funds to support the PARC Workshop, an organization that provides handicapped adults job and daily living skills.
During the December visit, Shepherd also stopped at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County to pass out gift bags to the residents.
Shepherd has a 28-year career as a NASCAR driver, has won four times and in 2013, was the oldest driver to start a NASCAR race. He ran only one of the 36 races on the circuit.