God’s Pit Crew volunteer logs 25,000 donated hours, receives Hero Award
We sat down with God’s Pit Crew to chat about the man who logged thousands of hours volunteering for the non-profit and the award he recently received. When James Hodge retired from the Goodyear plant in Danville he wasted no time going to work for free for God’s Pit Crew. I just think that’s incredible,” said Randy Johnson, God’s Pit Crew founder. I’ve been blessed more than they have,” said James Hodge, Hero Award recipient. At the annual volunteer banquet, God’s Pit Crew recognizes those who give the most hours in a year.
God’s Pit Crew taking time to thank its volunteers amidst its busiest year ever
DANVILLE, Va. – Saying thank you in a year unlike any other. God’s Pit Crew is hosting its annual volunteer banquet on Friday night to thank the men and women who give their time to help those in need. Not only has the Danville based nonprofit responded to the coronavirus, but also 19 major disasters this year from wildfires to hurricanes. Founder Randy Johnson said volunteers have managed to meet the needs of the public and follow pandemic protocols. God’s Pit Crew is streaming the event live on its Facebook page.
God’s Pit Crew logo featured on NASCAR driver’s car
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – All eyes are on Martinsville for NASCAR, and if you’re paying close enough attention during the race on Saturday, you might recognize a familiar logo on one of the cars. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Jeb Burton will be sporting something new on the track today: a God’s Pit Crew logo. The organization’s founder and director, Randy Johnson, tells 10 News that he’s excited to “ride-along” with him. “So it’s just been great to see Jeb use his gifts and talents to make a difference as well as to drive the wheels off that race car,” said Johnson. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Martinsville Speedway and you can catch it on WSLS 10.
Riley HR in 9th leads Braves past Dodgers 5-1 in NLCS opener
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)ARLINGTON, Texas – Atlanta Braves fans were still doing tomahawk-chop chants as they filed out of the stadium, real people who replaced the cardboard cutouts players got so accustomed to this season. One game, but a big boost for the Braves in their first National League Championship Series since 2001. “It was awesome — fun to play in front of fans again,” Braves slugger Freddie Freeman said. Riley became the youngest player with a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of a postseason game or later since Braves star Chipper Jones in 1995. Dodgers: Kershaw, the ace lefty from nearby Dallas, has 19 strikeouts in his two starts this postseason — both wins.
God’s Pit Crew has already responded to more disasters than ever in 2020
DANVILLE, Va. – It may seem like 2020 is just one bad thing after another and for God’s Pit Crew, that statement is true. The Danville nonprofit has responded to more major disasters in 2020 than any year in its history. “When people are devastated in these communities and they see those red trucks roll in, they know that hope is rolling in there on wheels,” said God’s Pit Crew founder Randy Johnson. In 2020, God’s Pit Crew has met a lot of people in need. This week, God’s Pit Crew volunteers will head to Tennessee to build a tornado victim a new home.
LEADING OFF: Dodgers' Roberts back for Arizona's home opener
FILE - In this July 8, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulls down his mask to talk to someone in the dugout during an intrasquad baseball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)A look at what's happening around the majors today:ROBERTS RETURNSLos Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will be back from a one-game suspension when the defending NL West champions visit Arizona for the Diamondbacks home opener. Major League Baseball suspended Roberts one game and Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly eight games on Wednesday, the day after benches cleared in the sixth inning of Los Angeles 5-2 victory at Houston. Astros manager Dusty Baker drew an undisclosed fine. We are going to evaluate him today and tomorrow to see what exactly is going on, Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.
'They are the heart of this organization: Gods Pit Crew treated to Food for Frontline meals
In the final week of Food for Frontline, Gods Pit Crew volunteers were treated as they continued to work around the clock. It has been about as crazy as crazy could be, said Randy Johnson, Gods Pit Crew founder. Typically, Gods Pit Crew runs on hundreds of volunteers. Were really happy to prepare all the stuff and really happy to cook the food for the people, said Vincenzo Badalamenti, whose family owns Joe & Mimmas. People have been good to us, so were really happy about that.Joe & Mimmas staff unloaded the meals at the Gods Pit Crew warehouse and wheeled them in to the breakroom.
God’s Pit Crew sending supplies to church in northern Virginia
DANVILLE, Va. – God’s Pit Crew is at it again. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the founder said they’ve sent 45 semi-loads of products to people in need, and this week they’re working on another order. On Monday, they prepared 500 boxes of food and 500 backpacks full of school supplies and hygiene items. Those will be delivered to Montclair Tabernacle Church in Dumfries, Virginia later this week. A portion of the shipment will also be distributed to military families in need in the Quantico area.
God’s Pit Crew sending aid to Tennessee, Mississippi tornado victims
DANVILLE, Va. – Help is on the way from Southwest Virginia to people impacted by Sunday’s deadly tornadoes across the south. God’s Pit Crew in Danville sent a semi-truck full of relief supplies to Cleveland, Tennessee on Monday morning. On Tuesday, a semi-truck full of relief supplies from God’s Pit Crew’s satellite site in Dallas, Texas will head to Collins, Mississippi. “The big strain is having to be so restrictive with a number of volunteers we use at a time and trying to make sure they’re safe and healthy," God’s Pit Crew founder Randy Johnson said. If you’d like to help God’s Pit Crew, click here.
God’s Pit Crew preparing for local coronavirus response
DANVILLE, Va. – A local nonprofit known for helping people around the country and world is preparing to help people here at home. God’s Pit Crew volunteers are making a list of all the supplies, like food and water, in the organization’s Danville warehouse available to be sent out locally if needed in the incident of a coronavirus outbreak. CEO Randy Johnson said as of Friday there were about four semi-truck loads of Gatorade, one of water, about 50 pallets of food and about 2,500 disaster relief kits. “We would probably tend to try to work with the government, public officials in our surrounding city and county and let them handle that," Johnson said. The organization is also still trying to help people in Tennessee after last week’s tornadoes, but as of Friday, God’s Pit Crew was not planning on limiting supplies to disaster areas in order to keep supplies locally.
New partnership allows God's Pit Crew to get supplies to hurricane victims faster
You know people's lives have been forever wiped away," said Randy Johnson, founder and director of God's Pit Crew. The nonprofit sent a tractor-trailer packed with 1,000 blessing buckets and 15 generators full of supplies out Wednesday morning. It's not a new mission for God's Pit Crew, but this time, it's a little different. The nonprofit has sent supplies overseas on ships before, but Johnson said that's a painstakingly slow process that takes weeks. Click here to find out how you can help God's Pit Crew.
God's Pit Crew keeps close eye on Hurricane Dorian
DANVILLE, Va. - With Hurricane Dorian expected to make landfall in Florida in the next few days, God's Pit Crew is preparing to respond. The Danville nonprofit is staying in touch with contacts in Florida and monitoring the storm. "They will run out very quickly if this thing is what they say it potentially could be. We are pretty low on bottled water right now," God's Pit Crew founder Randy Johnson said. If you'd like to help God's Pit Crew, click here.
God's Pit Crew to rebuild school in Oklahoma devastated by flooding
DANVILLE, Va. - God's Pit Crew is preparing for its largest project ever: helping the town of Moffett, Oklahoma, rebuild after devastating flooding. God's Pit Crew plans to rebuild the school, expecting the work to cost at least $250,000. After interviews and a lot of praying, he said, he called Moffett's superintendent and told him God's Pit Crew would be back. In interviews with God's Pit Crew, school staff members echoed that feeling. If you would like to help God's Pit Crew, click here.