Shelby Toy Drive

Helping Children Get a Merry Christmas

Larry Jewett - November 12, 2011 08:00 AM


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The Carroll Shelby Foundation has kicked off its second Holiday Toy Drive. The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit organization, will encourage national and local car clubs to collect toys for deserving children’s hospitals and charities across the country. The goal is to spread joy by helping clubs collect as many toys as possible to give to children in need during the holiday season.
“The holidays should be a time of joy for every child, but for some it can be a tough time both emotionally and financially for families when they have a child in the hospital,” said Jenni Shreeves, executive director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “We wanted to ease some of that burden. That’s why we’re teaming up with car clubs across the country to collect as many toys and gifts as possible for the kids.”
Each car club will collect toys and deliver them to the local charity or hospital of their choice.  The car club will set up the toy drive, collection and delivery times with its chosen organization. The Carroll Shelby Foundation will sponsor these clubs by providing an autographed Shelby Collectible diecast as an incentive to encourage participation. In addition, each vehicle that is part of the “special delivery” will receive an official Shelby decal for their car. The first 300 members to sign up for the holiday toy drive will also receive a Shelby poster.
“We had such a positive response from car clubs across the country last year that we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to plan another toy drive,” added Shreeves. “By playing ‘Santa Shelby’, this campaign will help spread joy to children everywhere.”
Car clubs can participate by logging on to the Carroll Shelby Foundation website at or Shelby Nation at, completing a registration form and returning it by email or fax. The last day to register is Fri., Dec. 2.
“What better way to celebrate the season of giving than by bringing a smile to a child’s face,” added Shreeves. “For many of these kids, it may help jump start their road to recovery.”