BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – People rolled into the parking lot at Beckley Sam’s Club to show off their classiest rides, all to raise money for the West Virginia University Medicine Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network in Morgantown.
It’s a partnership enabling kids around the Mountain State and beyond to receive the best medical care possible.
“It feels amazing to be here, to see all of these awesome cars, people getting to donate money, it’s really nice,” says Brantly Poling, the Ambassador Child for WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.
Many others were just as happy as Brantly to see all of the bikes, trucks, and hot rods, helping to raise money for the cause.
“Oh, it’s always a great feeling to get a chance to participate with the Children’s Miracle Network, we raise a lot of money and help the hospital and the kids out a whole lot,” Khriston Warden says, an Associate of Sam’s Club.
“It’s awesome,” adds Charmaine Smith, another Sam’s Club Associate. “I don’t mind raising money for kids, trying to help them get to whatever they need to get done.”
In addition to helping kids get the best, quality care and treatment the hospital provides, the proceeds from the car show will be put towards the brand new children’s hospital which is scheduled to open in early 2022.
“All of the fundraising that we do helps that hospital, it helps them to provide education, it helps them to provide research, child life programs, assistance for the families, it just goes to so many good programs for that hospital,” says Anna Lilly, one of Sam’s Club Supervisors.
The fundraiser is also featuring a lunch wagon food truck and a tie-dye t-shirt event for the kids to be held later in the day.
The Ride for Miracles that Sam’s Club hosts every year was cancelled due to bad weather, but organizers are planning to hold it on another date, to be announced soon.