Letters

Hardworking Humanitarian

Nov 01, 2018

To my family, friends and neighbors of Stafford Township:

As the president of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, I first heard of Joe Mangino through friends and family just days after Superstorm Sandy devastated our hometown. The coast areas of Stafford Township were hit the hardest and in dire need of help. Within hours we started collecting supplies and donations down in North Carolina and immediately sent them to Stafford along with volunteers from my foundation. Communications between the relief efforts in Stafford Township and the foundation were happening daily as our goal was to do whatever we could to help my friends and neighbors back home.

When foundation volunteers returned to North Carolina they had nothing but praise for the recovery that was happening in Stafford Township and, in particular, Joe Mangino. He was spearheading the cleanup efforts of hundreds of homes in the area, along with an army of dedicated volunteers, despite the fact that his own home had been destroyed. When I finally got to meet Joe in person it was obvious to me that he was both humble and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and take on any task.

In 2013 Joe Mangino was selected as one of our Humanitarians of the Year by me and the entire Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. It was an easy decision. He selflessly demonstrated his dedication and respect to all residents of Stafford Township during their time of need and well after. He still does so to this day. Six years later he is still helping those who aren’t home. He is dedicated to the health of Barnegat Bay. He has driven a truck of relief supplies to both Louisiana and Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

I am certain that every resident will benefit from that same level of commitment and focus. It has always been important to me to give back to the town I love, and I know Joe will do the same. These are the same reasons  why I confidently support Joe Mangino and his campaign to become the next mayor of our town.

Martin Truex Jr.

Mooresville, N.C.

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