Post Falls racecar driver raises $2,260 for OK tornado victims

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 6:30 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--An Inland Northwest racecar driver donated money collected for the Oklahoma tornado victims on Wednesday to the Red Cross.

The driver, Joey Bird, began raising money in May shortly after a deadly tornado ripped through an Oklahoma town.

Bird raised more than $2,200 for those impacted by the deadly tornado.

“I’ve always seen people do it on TV and I’ve always wanted to do something like that, it gives you a sense of joy,” said Bird.

Bird and other drivers vowed to donate half of their winnings in June. The drivers competed at the Stateline Speedway in Post Falls.

Fans also chipped in by buying 50-50 raffle tickets. The raffle proceeds also went to the Red Cross. The combined total reached $2,260.

“I’m surprised we got that high,” said Bird, “I’m grateful to the fans and the drivers.”

Bird donated $900 of his own money to the cause.

Megan Snow from the Red Cross said she did not the money was coming until a few days ago.

“Every dollar that comes into the Red Cross does have an impact,” said Snow. “What ever the size of the gift it goes to help whatever that person needs.”

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