The event, Stuff the Stockings, is a benefit for children in resource care
It all started last year, when Jobi Withers from Harrisburg and Tim Davis from Creswell wanted to do something to help their community.
“I wanted to create an event to bring awareness to our hobby, RC Racing, and ultimately bring awareness to the kids in our community who need our help the most. As we are a niche sport/hobby it’s a way to give back to the community while showcasing what we all love. The kids in foster care are the most innocent group of individuals in the system. They haven’t even begun to live and already dealing with too much. If it puts just one smile on a kid’s face,” Withers said.
Davis agreed, “We wanted to bring some awareness to the foster/adoption programs and the difficulties these kids face and we wanted to give back to the community. Let’s just say (for me) that the foster/adoption programs kinda hit home and it’s fulfilling to know that our effort can bring some hope to children in circumstances that are out of their control.”
And again, this year they contacted Karl Wikman, Child Protective Services Supervisor in Lane County.
“They know I’m a person who helps kids so I can absolutely do something like this for children in our program,” he said.
This year’s Stuff the Stockings Pacific NW Classic Charity Race is planned for December 8, 9 and 10 at Superior RC Racetrack, 125 E Fourth Avenue, Junction City.
What are RC Racers?
Remote Control or RC Racers are radio-controlled vehicles modeled after real cars and trucks. The cars are one-tenth or 10 times smaller than the size of the actual vehicle. They race year-round on indoor tracks with special carpeting. The track has jumps, hills, curves and tight corners. The cars often get airborne as they zig, zag and careen around the track at top speeds. There are several of these racetracks throughout Oregon.
How does it all work?
The event makes money by charging racers $35 per entry and $25 for each additional entry. The money is then used to buy gift cards. Last year they raised a little more than $7,500 and gave out gift cards to about 150 children in resource care and in other youth services. This year they hope to bring in at least $10,000. More than 70 people have already signed up. The top five racers in every class will win trophies.
“My hope for this year is that we continue to build on what we started last year. This event has really gained traction in year two as we already have more confirmed entries then last year. We are looking forward to hosting racers from at least four states. Some of those are the best in the country,” Withers said.
Brandyn Rice, Child Welfare program resource parent retention and recruitment champion, was the one who got to give out the gift cards to ODHS case workers last year who then gave them to about 150 children throughout the year.
“The cards helped to make the children’s lives better. They went for things the kids needed or wanted, for birthday presents, Christmas gifts for things the kids wanted or to the older ones move into their own apartments. The cards allowed kids to use them in a way they wanted to.
“It is just so encouraging that even for small groups there are a lot of ways to make a big impact.,” Rice said.
And for Wikman, who works every day to help children and their families, “I think what is really motivating after years of doing this work and seeing kids who don’t have all that they deserve, this just feels good.”
This year’s event will be sponsored by many of the biggest names in RC Racing including: Superior RC; 1up Racing; Team Associated; Reedy Power; TLR; AMain Hobbies; Hobbywing; Vision Racing; JConcepts; Muchmore; and R1 Wurks.
To sign up for Stuff the Stockings Pacific Northwest Classic in person or at RCSignup.com.