KNOXVILLE, Iowa — A NASCAR superstar is helping out a grieving Iowa family after learning about a tragic accident that claimed the lives of three Iowa brothers last week.
Jamie, Carson, and Christian Singletary were killed in an accident near New Sharon in Mahaska County last Thursday, when their vehicle collided with a truck. Several fundraising efforts have been set up to help the boys’ family, like a GoFundMe page, a U.S. Bank account, and a community spaghetti supper.
Now, they’re also getting help from NASCAR legend Tony Stewart. Ralphi Munson’s chance encounter with Stewart in the parking lot of the old Pamida in Knoxville Tuesday night led to a compassionate donation from the driver.
Munson, a friend of the Singletary family, was planning to sell off four totes of racing memorabilia she has collected since 1982 and give the proceeds to the family. She says she was meeting a friend she plans to help during the Knoxville Nationals this week, showing some of the race programs in the totes and talking about what the money will be used for when Tony Stewart approached her and gave her $700 for the memorabilia.
Munson says Stewart told her, “I overheard everything and I want to do this for the kids.”
Munson joked with him that the price didn’t include the totes and she’d need those back. That’s when Stewart called over to a friend and told him to bring more money. The total donation ended up being $1,400.
One of the totes contained racing shirts for kids and Munson says Stewart told her to keep them and give them out at the raceway to any kid who looks like they need one.
Munson says she was touched by Stewart’s compassionate heart especially when he was going through such a rough time himself.
“It was God. It was God,” she says.