(Cedar Rapids) When more than 30 Fireball Run teams roared through Cedar Rapids last Friday, they did more than raise excitement and eyebrows: they delivered new balls and games for the children of Four Oaks and the St. Luke’s Child Protection Center.
One stop each day on the week-long, 3,500-mile rally became a charitable exercise for the teams. Recipient charities in other communities included food banks and youth centers. Friday morning’s mission was a video of the Four Oaks Bridge kids performing a rap to ask the drivers for balls and games. And the drivers delivered.
“When one of the final teams arrived with enough stuff to fill three shopping carts, the kids were really excited,” said Lisa Pritchard, PR and Marketing Manager at Four Oaks. “It was an incredible experience for our Four Oaks kids. Not only did they get to see some amazing vehicles and receive much-needed new balls and games, they had the opportunity to visit with very kind, enthusiastic drivers from throughout the country.”
In addition to Four Oaks kids and staff greeting the drivers at the agency’s campus on Kirkwood Blvd., youth from the Jane Boyd Community House and staff from the St. Luke’s Child Protection Center were on hand to participate in the activities.