Linamar Corporation’s Skyjack division has partnered with New Jersey-based Interstate Aerials to present a check to the Little Smiles PA a greater Philadelphia area nonprofit that strives to bring happiness to children who are going through difficult times.
On April 1, Skyjack and Interstate Aerials representatives joined the monthly Junk Food Run at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia to donate a $2,500 check to Little Smiles. The monthly event brings together patients and their families with volunteers from Little Smiles to enjoy some of the children’s favorite snacks. The donation will allow Little Smiles to continue to host the fun and joyous events for children who spend long periods of time in the hospital.
“Little Smiles is extraordinarily grateful for the ongoing support,” said Charlotte Hummel, executive director, Little Smiles PA. “Their donations have meant a great deal to us. Through Skyjack and Interstate Aerials’ current donation, they have actually have sponsored 10 more junk food runs.”
Around a dozen children and their families got together at the social gathering, where children had the opportunity to indulge in pizza and snacks. The April event included Easter eggs fill with candy, which the children typically don’t receive at the hospital. Skyjack representative Doug Mingst and Matthew Lange of Interstate Aerials, met hospital administrators and patients at the event, and helped serve pizza to the children.
Skyjack and Little Smiles have a long running relationship. Interstate Aerials’ employee and Little Smiles volunteer and Board member Mike Love reached out to Skyjack over two years ago and told them about the nonprofit. Since then, Skyjack has not only provided funds for the junk food runs, but has also helped sponsor two of the organization’s annual fundraisers.
“Skyjack is committed to giving back to the community, and we are happy to be able to help this organization once again to bring happiness to these children,” Mingst said. “It’s very satisfying to see their smiles and know that Skyjack is contributing with this good cause.”
The event was part of Skyjack’s 30 FOR 30 PARTNERS campaign, an initiative to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary by giving back to organizations that have supported Skyjack throughout the years. Whether it’s through monetary or equipment donations, Skyjack looks forward to continue to support organizations like Little Smiles.