GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It takes just 15 seconds and may be the easiest way ever to seriously help kids in need here in the Piedmont.
"There is such a hunger problem in this area. These children have a hard time concentrating in school because they're hungry," said Parker White, of BackPack Beginnings, a nonprofit that in six years has grown to feed some 6,000 kids each year through sending home food and other basic necessities in backpacks. "Often the kids are too embarrassed to talk about it, but the teachers and social workers and other kids know."
White is one of four national finalists for the prestigious NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. If she wins, the $100,000 in prize money will go directly into helping more children in need. BackPack Beginnings is run 100 percent by volunteers, meaning no salaries are paid. White puts in about 50-60 hours each week, along with her 18 Core Volunteers.
You can vote once a day through Sept. 26 and it's so simple. Log onto nascar.com/award and vote for Parker. To get email alerts reminding you to vote once day, sign up at backpackbeginnings.org/award.