Samsung donates $40K to Special Wish Child to commemorate 25th anniversary, grant wishes | Community Spirit
Released by MWW on behalf of Samsung:
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Special Wish Child, Inc., Samsung donated $40,000 to help grant the wishes of 25 local children in need. Items to be purchased with Samsung’s monetary donation include some of the following items: therapy equipment, patient lift, sensory toys, medical strollers, medical beds, computers, tablets and a wheelchair lift. In addition to medical equipment, children will also receive wishes such as a Trip to Disneyland, bedroom makeover, horseback riding therapy, shopping spree, tickets to Six Flags theme park and attend a country music concert.
“Without the generous donations from Samsung, we would not have been able to provide Ava with the medical devices she needs to function on a daily basis, and we thank Samsung and Special Wish from the bottom of our hearts to make this wish come true for our child,” said Katelyn Pilgram, parent of Ave Pilgram- Brown, Special Wish donation recipient.
In 2011, Samsung collaborated with Special Wish Child, Inc. to donate $6,800 in developmental devices and technology equipment to the Goss family of Tyler. The two-year old twin girls, Ka’maya and Ka’more, were born at 23 weeks and due to their neurological challenges require 96 hours per week of in-home healthcare. Because of Samsung’s donation, the Goss twins are growing and developing. The equipment provided has allowed them to have home therapy and the tablets and sensory toys have helped with their motor skills. It has truly enhanced their lives.
“We are honored to collaborate with Special Wish Child, Inc. and to help them grant the wishes of 25 East Texas children in need,” said Grace Lee, PR Manager on behalf of Samsung. “Samsung learned about these families who live in challenging circumstances through Special Wish and we are dedicated to providing developmental tools to assist in their future educational and personal development.
Special Wish Child was founded in 1987 by the Tyler Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. In 2005 they were joined by The East Texas Association of Health Underwriters. Special Wish Child, Inc. grants wishes for East Texas kids with disabilities. Current national sponsors include: Allstate, Cadillac (thru Wagner Cadillac) Blue Cross/Blue Shield, AFLAC and State Farm. We are pleased to have Samsung’s support for our local charity, now in its 25th year. Through the hard work and dedication of our local donors, volunteers and Samsung, we have been able to grant wishes for 25 children that we would not otherwise be able to grant,” said Brenda Davis, Special Wish Child Board Chair.
Samsung has also made contributions to other local Tyler organizations including the East Texas State Fair - Academic Rodeo, Boys and Girls Club of East Texas, Tyler Fire Department, Tyler Public Library, Texas Rose Festival and Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.