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DINWIDDIE, Va. -- Helping other children in the community is a mission that keeps one Dinwiddie couple going.

They turned a tragic time in their lives into a positive by helping kids during the holiday season. This year, they need the help of the community.

In a Petersburg salon the buzz is all about helping children. Stylists there specialize in making customers look their very best, but that’s not all they’re known for in the community.

Workers at Mirrors on the Wall Salon are a strong force behind a mission to brighten the lives of sick children by delivering Christmas toys to them in the hospital.

Their mission was started by the salon owner, Brandy and her husband James. James is also the driver of the number 13 WD Racing car.

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Salon Coordinator Morgan Lucas explained why the WD Racing holiday mission is so near and dear to their hearts.

“To be able to give back and see the smiles on the faces of the children in the hospital when they get a toy, means the world to Brandy and James,” she said. “Back in 2015 Brandy and James lost two boys, Waylon and Dean.”

“They decided they would give back to the community and to other parents who lost infants as well,” she said. “That’s where WD Racing comes from.”

These days, she’s seeing quite a few strangers walk through the door of the Airport Street salon. Many of them stop by to drop off toys under the Christmas tree for the 2nd Annual WD Racing Toy Drive.

Lucas says they want to make a huge impact and they need the community to step up in a big way.

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“The toy drive last year was a great hit,” Lucas said. “This year they hope to deliver toys in four area hospitals.”

“With the help of the community, we will be able to do that to bring smiles to the faces of children in the hospital.”

While the WD Racing team is known for burning rubber on the track, they’re gaining much respect around the community for the burning passion they have to help sick children and their families this holiday season.

Lucas says there are four donation sites around the area. People can drop off new, unwrapped toys to Mirrors on the Wall Salon located at 23188 Airport Street in Petersburg.

The other toy drop off locations include: Hopewell Police Department located at 300 North Main Street. Donors can ask for Detective B or Detective Roland.

They can also drop off toys at G.E. Mathews, Inc. at 2425 Boulevard #6 in Colonial Heights. Maggie is the contact person.
The other toy drop off site is at the Southside Regional Medical Center located at 200 Medical Park Boulevard. Donors can ask for Magon Henshaw.

For more information on WD Racing and its mission to serve our community year round, go to their Facebook page. It’s listed under WD Racing on the social media site.