DANVILLE, Ill. – Tampa-based children’s charity Kids Wish Network and partner Megatrux, Inc. has delivered more than $120,000 in toys and necessities to children living with poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect and illnesses in Danville, Illinois through its Kids Wish Network On Tour program. Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.
“Our On Tour events give us the opportunity to travel to cities across the country to help bring resources to children and families facing difficult circumstances,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “These events are more than just the chance to deliver toys and necessities – they help strengthen the bonds between city officials and communities. We love to see a child’s face light up with joy as they are handed a gift bag by their mayor, a uniformed police officer, or a firefighter.”
A Kids Wish Network On Tour truck, sponsored by Megatrux, Inc. rolled into Danville, Illinois last weekend packed to the brim with more than $120,000 worth of necessities, toys, educational products and other items from Kids Wish Network’s treasured “Guardian Angel” donors to be given to at-risk children dealing with adversities such as poverty, illnesses, and homelessness. Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer kicked off the event with a heartfelt speech explaining the city’s appreciation for Kids Wish Network’s much-needed assistance. He also presented Executive Director Lanzatella with a mayoral proclamation as a token of gratitude from the city of Danville.
“I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the Kids Wish Network On Tour and the emotional uplift they provided the children in this community,” said Mayor Scott Eisenhauer. “It truly was better than a Christmas morning as I watched families who struggle daily making ends meet ‘light up’ as their kids were handed a bag of toys – sometimes larger than them. The event also allowed our city police, fire, staff, and leaders to see firsthand the joy and comfort a single gesture can bring in the lives of those burdened by poverty. For both the givers and receivers, it was a day of inspiration and motivation that would never have been possible without the efforts of Kids Wish Network On Tour.
Mayor Eisenhauer and a great number of local city officials, police officers and firefighters all pitched in to make sure that each and every child present received a gift bag. Throughout the day, over 1,000 at-risk children and their families attended; every child left with their arms full of toys and necessities, while their parents went home with smiles on their faces and appreciation in their hearts.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following for making the Kids Wish Network On Tour event in Danville such a success: City of Danville, IL, First Presbyterian Church, Megatrux, Inc., Andrew M. Gottlieb, Arnold & Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation, Mark & Shelley Breiner, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Danville Days Hotel & Restaurant, Dunkin Donuts, El Toro, Hampton Inn & Suites Danville, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Danville, Holiday Inn Express, Indianapolis, Little Caesars, McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Papa John’s Pizza, Royal Donut, Sam’s Club, Save A Lot, Starbucks Coffee, Stone Creek Dining Company, Indianapolis, Subway, and Wiener Works.
For more information on Kids Wish Network and Kids Wish Network On Tour, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.