LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – When you go into a gas station, you might see a little jar next to the cashier.
Some of those jars are asking for spare change to help the Children’s Miracle Network. The Speedway on Athens Boonesbourgh Road in Lexington is a national fundraising leader.
General Manager Bertie Jointer and her team have raised more than $22,000, making her store number two in donations among all Speedways across the nation.
“I’m very very proud of it, a little disappointed I didn’t make number one this year,” Jointer said.
Watching her work, it seems getting those donations is just as important as the gas.
“This is my way of giving back to what was given to me,” Jointer said.
It’s personal for Bertie. Her sister, Angie. was born with intellectual disabilities, which is what these donations will help fund inside Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Funds will go toward hiring three liaisons and a child live life staff that will focus on kids with ADHD, autism and other intellectual disabilities.
“How do we give parents the tools to live a normal life,” said Dr. Scottie Day, physician-in-chief at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Two years ago, Elliott Crittenden his sister and their father were in a car accident on Versailles Road. The crash left the then-six-year-old Elliott with a traumatic brain injury.
Two years later, his parents say Elliott is doing well, but he has a long road to recovery. They say a little bit here and there from a jar helped provide much-needed services for Elliott.
“Like all that change adds up you may not think that much about it,” Ben Crittenden said.
“It’s really humbling, that people have big hearts,” said Amy Crittenden.
The Speedway on Athens Boonesbourgh Road is already trying to become number one in the nation for 2021. In one day, customers donated $420 for the Children’s Miracle Network.
The money raised stays local.
“I mean, there’s not a greater honor for our children’s hospital to know that the people of this great state are wanting to invest in the future of Kentucky,” said Dr. Day.