High Point, N.C. – March 1, 2019 – Thomas Built Buses and parent company Daimler Trucks North America donated $100,000 to support The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club located in High Point, N.C. through the DaimlerCares program. Through this program, Daimler Trucks North America serves non-profit organizations in local communities at each of their major business unit locations. The 2019 grant, which was awarded on February 11, will improve the lives of children by funding STEM Summer Day Camp programming, facility upgrades, and current youth sports initiatives.
“I could not think of a better fit for this year’s DaimlerCares donation,” said Caley Edgerly, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “Through The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, local children thrive as they develop their leadership, character and life skills, enrich their spiritual development, and gain exposure to the arts. This program is a must for our area, and I am excited to see the additional impact that will be made through this donation.”
Over the course of the year, the donation will be used to develop larger afterschool and STEM summer day camp programs to foster an even more creative, fun, and integrative learning environment for the students who attend their programs all year round. The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club also plans to renovate their gymnasium floor in order to improve and expand their current Victory Sports Leagues, which teaches every youth participant basic game fundamentals and the value of sportsmanship and teamwork.
“Our programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence,” said Hanna Holcomb, marketing and development coordinator for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of High Point is extremely thankful to receive this grant from Thomas Built Buses and for the opportunity to continue helping more youth in the greater High Point community have a safe place to learn, grow, and play.”
About Thomas Built Buses
Founded in 1916, Thomas Built Buses is a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line, the company has been committed to delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America. Learn more at https://thomasbuiltbuses.com or at https://www.facebook.com/thomasbuiltbuses.
Thomas Built Buses, Inc., headquartered in High Point, N.C., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.
DaimlerCares supports the education and welfare of children in our communities. It also supports causes important to Daimler Trucks North America employees through matching donations and employee volunteerism.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
About The Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs annually serve 4 million young people through membership and community outreach. There are more than 4, 100 club facilities throughout the country and BGCA-Affiliated youth centers on U.S. Military installations worldwide. Clubs are community based and building centered; provide a safe, affordable place for youth during non-school hours and the summer; and clubs are led by paid, trained youth development professionals. In a Harris Interactive survey, 57% of Boys & Girls Club alumni said the Club “saved my life.” For more information, go to www.tsabgchp.org.