Driver Solutions Lends a Helping Hand to Sick Kids in Need

By Jack Humphrey, Staff Writer
Article last updated on 9/18/2008

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 26 -- The holiday season is an exciting time for people all across the country, as lights, carols, and presents lift the spirits of young and old. But for some families, this time of year is just another period when they will pray for their sick child to get better and hope for a way to pay their medical bills. To recognize the true meaning of the season by helping those in need, Driver Solutions started a “Riley Kids” donation campaign to benefit the children and families at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

To raise money for Riley, Driver Solutions employees can purchase a Riley Kids sticker that allows them to trade their business-casual company attire for jeans and tennis shoes for one day. Each sticker costs $2 and is only good for the day it’s purchased, so a new sticker must be bought for each day that the employee wishes to wear casual clothes. The Riley Kids campaign began the Monday after Thanksgiving and continues until the end of December.

The idea for the charity drive started in 2006 when an employee at Driver Solutions proposed doing something to help the children at Riley. “It was a huge success last year; we raised over $2000,” said Kari Roesslein, Human Resource Specialist and facilitator of the Riley Kids campaign. “It’s a great cause, so we decided to do it again this year!”

Although the stickers cost just $2, many employees choose to donate more and some even buy stickers for the entire month. Participation in the campaign is always voluntary, but almost all of Driver Solutions’ employees choose to join in simply because they want to help. All of the proceeds from the Riley Kids campaign go directly to Riley Hospital to help fund new medical units and technologies as well as to provide little- to no-cost medical attention to children’s families who need it most. Thanks to the generous giving of Driver Solutions, many children and families at Riley will get to feel the spirit of the holidays.

About Driver Solutions:
Driver Solutions, LLC is a career management company that operates one of the nation’s leading company-sponsored truck driver training programs. Since 1992, Driver Solutions has worked with entry-level truck drivers to help them earn their CDL and find driving jobs with successful national trucking companies. For more information on the Driver Solutions program, please visit www.greatcdltraining.com.

About Riley Hospital for Children:
Named for famous Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley, Riley Hospital for Children was founded in 1924 and is one of the leading pediatric hospitals in the country. Physicians at Riley specialize in every field of pediatric medicine and surgery and also conduct research and medical education from the hospital’s Indianapolis campus. Riley provides compassionate, cutting-edge healthcare to all Indiana children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information on the Riley Hospital for Children, visit www.rileychildrenshospital.org.




 
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