BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 12, 2021 (Newswire.com) – Cheeriodicals today announced the delivery of 800 personalized cheer-up gifts to pediatric hospital patients as a part of a national service project coordinated in partnership with Sonic Automotive, a Fortune 500 Company and one of the nation’s largest automotive retailers. Hospitalized children in Birmingham, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Palo Alto, and Washington, DC, each received their own big green boxes of cheer over a two-week period in early March.
Cheeriodicals’ cheer-up gifts are a bundle of age-appropriate magazines and crafts, activity books, puzzles, and games for children to enjoy, all carefully packed inside a keepsake green gift box.
This Cheeriodicals delivery was made possible by Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive’s teammates from over 100 dealerships across the country joining together virtually to assemble and pack the Cheeriodicals as a corporate team building activity. Once the Cheeriodicals were all assembled and packed, the gift boxes were delivered to pre-selected children’s hospitals. Each gift box included hand-written notecards with encouraging messages to the pediatric patients from Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive teammates.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, both the assembly of the gift boxes and the actual deliveries were made in adherence to each hospital’s specific COVID-19 constraints and pre-set guidelines to ensure optimal safety for the recipient children.
“For more than a year our country has battled the impact of COVID-19 on multiple fronts. As a result of this pandemic, hospitalized children have had to endure more than ever, specifically the necessary constraints on visitation,” said Gary Parisher, President of Cheeriodicals. “While nothing can ever replace a visit from a family member or friend to a hospitalized child, Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive’s delivery of big green boxes of cheer to 800 children nationwide will provide kids with a reason to smile when they have never been more isolated.”
“We are incredibly thankful for our partnership with Cheeriodicals, which has now spanned a decade,” said Emily Hornak, director of cause marketing and corporate partnerships at Children’s of Alabama. “Cheeriodicals’ commitment to bringing corporate social responsibility to the forefront of the business model has created employee engagement opportunities across the country, and their generosity and dedication have brought so many smiles to a countless number of patients over the past 10 years. We especially thank the team from Sonic Automotive and EchoPark for their local efforts to personally pack and deliver the gift boxes to our patients.”
“Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive are deeply committed to service and contributing to organizations in our communities, especially those supporting the health and well-being of children,” said Jeff Dyke, President of Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive. “By partnering with Cheeriodicals, our teammates were able to make a positive difference in the lives of 800 children. We hope the children enjoy their gift boxes and look forward to continuing to serve those in need.”
Cheeriodicals is a national corporate team building company that conducts philanthropic events benefiting children’s hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses, Veterans Hospitals, the American Cancer Society, frontline hospital workers, assisted living residents, and other charity organizations. For more information about Cheeriodicals’ new Virtual Team Building Initiative, visit our website or follow Cheeriodicals on Facebook and Instagram.
Cheeriodicals Media Contacts:
Mary Martha Parisher
About Sonic Automotive
Sonic Automotive, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the nation’s largest automotive retailers. Sonic can be reached on the web at www.sonicautomotive.com.
About EchoPark Automotive
EchoPark Automotive is a growing operating segment within the Company that specializes in pre-owned vehicle sales and provides a unique guest experience unlike traditional used car stores. More information about EchoPark Automotive can be found at www.echopark.com.
Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive Press Contact Information:
Danielle DeVoren / Anthony Feldman
212-896-1272 / 617-921-0984