GLEN MILLS, PA — Axalta and LP Building Solutions recently partnered with The Crayon Initiative and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation to donate crayons to children hospitalized at Atrium Health Cabarrus in Charlotte, North Carolina. During the event, former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon joined volunteers in the effort.
Volunteers from both LP Building Solutions and Axalta worked in teams to sort used crayons that would have otherwise been discarded. Once sorted, the crayons were melted down and poured into large crayon-shaped molds. The volunteers packaged the new crayons, then donated them to more than 300 children receiving care at Atrium Health Cabarrus.
"For more than a decade, Axalta and LP Building Solutions have partnered together to support not only the needs of our shared customers but also the needs of our local communities," said Wade Arnold, Vice President of North America Wood Coatings at Axalta. "Through our partnership and shared values, and the support of The Crayon Initiative and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, we were able to brighten the day of some children that are facing health challenges."
"The Crayon Initiative is a great example of an effort to give back some of the childhood joy that can be lost when a child gets sick," said Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion and founder of Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. "I'm especially excited to be a part of today's collaboration with Axalta and LP Building Solutions to help make a difficult hospital stay brighter for a child."
Since its founding, The Crayon Initiative has collected more than 44.2 million crayons, produced 615,000+ packs of eight-to-the-box crayons and donated to 265+ hospitals in all 50 states, touching the lives of pediatric patients nationwide. Additionally, more than 315,000 pounds of crayons have been diverted from landfills through the efforts of The Crayon Initiative.