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December 22, 2022

Racing For Kids Plays Santa with Special Christmas Visit

by Rick Muzingo

DETROIT, December 16, 2022 – Racing For Kids® kicked off the holiday season with a special visit to hospitalized children at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit. The visit was a Christmas gift “drop off” to help brighten a hospital stay for many metro Detroit children.

For the visit, some of Santa’s best elves (Racing For Kids’ Linda Finger and Pat and Debby Wright) stopped by the hospital on December 16 with bags full of gifts for the kids.  Each child received a “Star Night” rotating planet night light projector to magically transform their hospital room ceiling into a sky galaxy constellation.

Racing For Kids’ CEO Pat Wright explained, “These past three years have been tough, especially for hospitalized kids who haven’t been able to have visitors to take their minds off their tests and treatments.  We’re hoping these rotating galaxy lamps will bring a little magic into their rooms to comfort and entertain them during them their recovery.”

On hand to receive the presents was Child Life Specialist Genevieve Brown.

Since 1989, Racing For  Kids has used the popularity of motorsports to raise funding and awareness of children’s healthcare needs.  At the heart of the mission are driver visits to hospitalized children, bringing the excitement of the auto racing world, as well as hats and toys, to their bedsides.  Racing For Kids also make donations to the hospitals they visit, with the funds earmarked for special therapies or for playroom development.


Background:  Racing For Kids

Racing For Kids is a Detroit-based national charity that uses the popularity of motorsports to focus public awareness and funding on the health care needs of children.   Founded in 1989 and celebrating its 34rd anniversary next year, Racing For Kids has touched the lives more than 45,000 children in more than 750 children’s hospital visits in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia. It has raised nearly $8 million for the hospitals visited and other children’s health institutions.

Major sponsors of Racing For Kids include, TranSystems, Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund, Douglas E. Fregin, Michael B.McCallister, Humana, the Cotton Family, Wells Fargo and Benson Ford, Jr. Racing For Kids is a charity partner of the IndyCar Series as well as the official charity of Historic Sportscar Racing.