Mike Hockett / Industrial Distribution
WAYNE, PA – AD associates in all offices in the United States and Mexico participated in a comeback event on June 16 to create boxes of toys and activities to support hospitalized children and their families. Associates from AD’s four offices in the United States assembled boxes filled with toys, coloring books and other activities, as well as inspirational messages, for The Jared Box Project, an organization whose mission is to bring smiles to children in hospitals by providing boxes filled with the “gift of play” for young patients in emergency rooms, hospital rooms, surgical centers and clinics. AD Mexico associates have also built toy boxes which were donated to Casa de la Amistad, which supports children battling cancer and their families.
During the event, associates filled boxes with stuffed animals, books, coloring books and other fun items, and created inspiring messages. The virtually participating associates contributed by writing and decorating cards to accompany the boxes. The boxes were eventually donated to 15 hospitals where they will be distributed to children and families staying at the hospital.
In order to raise the money used to purchase items to fill the boxes, a group of associated volunteers across AD, responsible for organizing the giving opportunities, set up a series of fundraisers during the first semester. of the year. Through these efforts, AD Associates contributed over $ 7,300 for the event, enough to purchase items for 1,008 boxes.
Due to the continued restrictions caused by the pandemic, the AD Canada team will be hosting their event later this year and will aim to build more than 200 game boxes that will be donated to Canadian hospitals as part of the Jared Box project.
Edna Chavez, AD Accounting Analyst for the Electrical-Mexico division, was part of a team of three partners in Mexico who attended the event. She shared that her team built over 40 toy boxes for Casa de la Amistad.
“Casa de la Amistad, which stands for Friendship House, provides a comforting place to live for children battling cancer and their families,” commented Chavez. “We were thrilled to find a way to participate in this giving back event despite the current restrictions in Mexico. We have partnered with this organization for multiple discount events in Mexico and are proud to be able to work with them again for this event.
AD CEO Bill Weisberg said giving back is an important part of AD culture and directly supports one of AD’s three core values: serving others.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such a strong team of AD Associates who are passionate about serving their communities,” he said. “Our company-wide events are just one example of how our associates dedicate their time and resources to giving back, in addition to ongoing fundraisers throughout the year and throughout the year. ability to use their days off in the community without having to use up their hard earned vacation. days. AD’s donor committee does an excellent job of raising awareness for different causes and planning engaging, productive and rewarding events. In particular, this event was enriching because of the type of mission we were supporting. We hope that these boxes will bring smiles and fun to the children who receive them.
The Jared Box Project was founded in 2001 by the children of Our Lady of Victory School in State College, Pa., In honor of their classmate and friend, Jared, who had lost his battle with cancer. Their mission is to boost the morale of children in the hospital by assembling and donating “play” boxes, filled with toys and activities, as well as an inspiring message. Over 900,000 Jared boxes have been delivered across the United States.