This is a photo of American flags in the gorund for the Spirit of America Blood Drive

Racing Towards Relief for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma


Michigan International Speedway is Racing Towards Relief to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The track is teaming up with four local grocery stores to collect supplies to send to those impacted.

In addition, the 16th annual Spirit of America Blood Drive returned to Michigan International Speedway on September 11. Since its inception in 2002, the Spirit of America Blood Drive has collected more than 11,272 blood products, potentially helping to save more than 33,816 lives.

The speedway along with Michigan Blood collected 563 units of blood during Spirit of America Blood Drive on September 11 this year. Those donations alone can potentially save 1,689 lives in the state of Michigan. (Each unit can be transfused to up to three people.)

“It is important to us to help those in need and do our part to give back to our community,” track President Rick Brenner said. “We appreciate the efforts of everyone that volunteered, donated or participated in the Spirit of America Blood Drive. We have all seen the images and reports of the devastation from the recent hurricanes and it is important to provide some much needed relief.”

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall, the staff at the speedway recognized the need to help all those affected. And the speedway is asking for help from its local community members to assist the residents of Texas and Florida.

The process is easy to donate to the hurricane relief efforts. As you are shopping, put the items you want to donate in your cart. For your convenience, please indicate what items you are donating upon checking out. The stores will load the indicated items into the trailers throughout the day.  

Acceptable items include bottled water, diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, feminine hygiene items, backpacks, markers, crayons, notebook paper, scissors and glue sticks.

You can make donations at four different grocery stores in the area when you checkout from Sept. 12-14:

  • Country Market – 11301 Brooklyn Rd., Brooklyn, MI 49230
  • Polly’s Country Market – 2119 Ferguson Rd., Jackson, MI 49203
  • Polly’s Country Market – 1255 S Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118
  • Busch’s Fresh Food Market – 1450 W Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh, MI 49286

The organization World Vision International will assist in the transportation and distribution of all the supplies collected.

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