NASCAR driver and crew make charitable pit stop at Rowan DSS - | WBTV Charlotte

NASCAR driver and crew make charitable pit stop at Rowan DSS

NASCAR driver Michael McDowell handing one of his crew members groceries and gifts to be distributed to families in need in Rowan County NASCAR driver Michael McDowell handing one of his crew members groceries and gifts to be distributed to families in need in Rowan County
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Michael McDowell and his team made a pit stop on Friday in front of the Rowan County Department of Social Services, and the result was help for families in need.

The event was sponsored by the Piedmont Regional office of Thrivent Financial, which is located in Salisbury.  Thrivent Financial is one of the sponsors of the #95 Ford that McDowell drives.

Thrivent Financial clients adopted families in need and purchased gifts and groceries for them.

On Friday, a big haul of goodies was unloaded from a trailer by McDowell and his crew, Thrivent Financial employees, and workers with Rowan DSS.  Those DSS workers will distribute the items to the families.

Right before the event began, James "Red" Melick, a tire specialist with the #95 crew, grabbed a WBTV microphone and conducted and interview with his driver.

"Well it's awesome," McDowell told Melick.  "We've got a great group from Thrivent here to make an impact here at the Christmas season and just to help kids that maybe don't get Christmas or don't have gifts, so it's not a lot, but it's something that we can do and it's pretty cool."

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