Monday, December 3, 2012

Helping in New Jersey


MOORESVILLE, N.C. – December 3, 2012 – The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation (MTJF) kicked off the holiday season of giving by delivering much-needed supplies to Stafford Township, NJ residents this week in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  

Upon seeing photos of the devastation in his home state of NJ, Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. quickly stepped into action, setting up a Sandy Relief Fund through his Foundation.  The two-time Nationwide Series champion eagerly announced to his fans that he would not only match the amount of monetary donations brought in through the fund, but his Michael Waltrip Racing team would also.

After hearing about the clean-up efforts around his hometown of Mayetta, NJ, Truex and his staff also began collecting much-needed supplies at his shop in Mooresville, NC.  The community quickly stepped into action and filled a tractor trailer, which departed for Stafford Township this past week full of cleaning supplies including flashlights, batteries, first aid-supplies, non-perishable foods, clothing, bedding, baby products, pet supplies and more.  Donated products were dropped off at the Stafford Township Storm Relief Center in Manahawkin, near Truex’s hometown.  The foundation is planning to deliver a second shipment of products sometime before the Christmas holidays.

The Relief Center both receives and distributes donations to families currently trying to rebuild in the NJ area. The center offers nonperishable food items, clothing and household items to anyone in need with no application process for receiving donations.

To-date the foundation has raised more than $150,000 with 100% of the funds raised going towards the MTJF Hurricane Sandy Relief Assistance Fund. Fund assistance will be considered for the following needs: medicine or medical services, rental or mortgage needs, utility payments, car repairs, specific personal needs (food, hygiene products and cleaning supplies) and other emergency requests.

To donate or for more information regarding the MTJF Hurricane Sandy Relief Assistance Fund, visit .


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. created the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation  in 2007. The MTJF is “hooked on helping” and dedicated to impacting the lives of children in need. The foundation partners with organizations that are limited in funding and visibility that touch the lives of children stricken by illness, neglect and poverty.

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