Rush Truck Centres of Canada and Navistar Canada have announced their support of Sunshine Celebrations in Kingston, Ontario. Sunshine Celebrations is an organization dedicated to providing subsidized birthday parties for families in need in Kingston. The two companies have partnered to donate $5,000 to the Queens University student-led non-profit organization.
“It is our pleasure to provide support to Sunshine Celebrations. Their team has demonstrated immense leadership and passion to bring joy to families who have experienced hardship over this past year” said Roman Lewinsky, President, Navistar Canada. “We are always looking for bright young professionals to join the transportation industry and hope that by fostering their leadership skills, they will one day play integral roles at our boardroom table or in our dealerships.”
A cheque was presented to Sunshine Celebrations Founder and President Izabelle O’Connor.
"A donation of this size will allow us as an organization to provide our party service for so many families and children in the area. It is also incredibly influential in helping us establish our role in the community and expand our organization. In such a difficult time both financially and emotionally, we are endlessly grateful for the support from both Rush Truck Centres and Navistar Canada to help us continue spreading the sunshine in Kingston!!" Says Izabelle O’Connor, Founder and President of Sunshine Celebrations.
Kevin Tallman, Chief Executive Officer, Rush Truck Centres of Canada adds, “We are proud to support Sunshine Celebrations in partnership with Navistar in an effort to give back to the communities in which we live and work.”
Sunshine Celebrations’ mission is to provide birthday party services, free of charge, to Kingston-area families who may not be able to afford parties. With parties still on hold due to the pandemic, Sunshine Celebrations created Birthday Kits including a meal, cake and personalized decorations to make at-home birthday celebrations as special as possible. The Birthday Kits are on hold during lockdown and will resume as soon as restrictions are lifted. Sunshine Celebrations confirmed with Kingstonist that they will continue to operate during the summer months.
Story by Jessica Foley, The Kingstonist, for the Local Journalism Initiative