Just like most events in 2020, the 13th annual Graves County Truck Pull had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Graves County Truck Pullers Association still made their annual donation to the 2020 Community Christmas Connection a reality. At the November 19 Graves County Board of Education meeting, the association made a $7,000 donation to the yearly Christmas store.
Tana Jones, the Family Resource Coordinator at Wingo Elementary who has been involved with the truck pull since its first year, said it was possible because of Larry Wooley, who traditionally serves as the spokesperson for the association, and his wife, Denise. "We knew early on that the truck pull was not going to happen this year, but the mindset of the truck pullers and the family resource youth services centers has always been that we would still do what we could to provide Christmas gifts for our children that need it. Larry and Denise told us they would do what they could to help us. That's just who they are. Anyone that knows them, knows that they wouldn't have just left it alone. They stepped up again for us, truck pull or not." Jones said the Wooleys involved some local businesses and also utilized money that had been set aside from the truck pull’s first year.
Graves County Director of Pupil Personnel Christy Puckett spoke of how important the event is and what this donation means to it. “The Christmas Connection store allows families in need to have a shopping-type experience. Without the generous donation and fundraising by our truck pullers, it would be very difficult for our community to host such an experience. It is a valued and vital partnership.”
On behalf of the district, we would like to offer our sincere gratitude for the support of Mr. and Mrs. Wooley and the Graves County Truck Pullers Association.