Some lucky students from three area Elementary schools celebrated the holidays a little early this year.
It was an emotional and exciting event for the annual UAW-Ford ‘Adopt-A-Child’ holiday celebration that was held on Friday, December 13, as children from Price and Indian Trail Elementary Schools in Louisville, and Clarksville Elementary in Indiana unwrapped presents purchased through generous monetary donations by employees of Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP).
Over $20,000 was raised this year through fundraising and collection efforts in the Plant. Event organizers say they ask for donations to help needy children every year to make sure each of those children have a little brighter holiday season.
Children are given a “Wish List” to fill out that includes items they would like to have, their hobbies and even their favorite color.
Then UAW-Ford volunteers, their families and friends come together to fulfill each child’s wish list. The collection efforts culminate in an annual ‘party’ where students from select area elementary schools are invited to join the LAP team for a holiday dinner, pictures with Santa and a presentation of gifts.
“LAP has an extensive history of supporting the community and being a role model of corporate citizenship and Adopt-A-Child is a fantastic example of that,” said LAP Human Resource Manager Chris Peace. “With great pride, our employees donated their time, talents and their money to put smiles on the faces of children on Christmas morning. We at LAP are grateful for the blessings that come with being a part of the UAW and Ford Motor Company and we enthusiastically embrace opportunities to give back.”