Pleasing the fireworks fans

Jul 20, 2009

Angela Nelson from our Corporate Citizenship team sent me this note about the Amway sponsorship of the 4th of July Fireworks.

This 4th of July was particularly special as Amway sponsored the Grand Rapids Family Fireworks Celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary. We joined the thousands of families and friends in the park to celebrate our nation’s independence.

However, we were not the only ones thrilled to see the fireworks. The children receiving care at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital were too. Below is a letter from the hospital staff informing us of what the fireworks mean to the patients.

I heard that Amway stepped forward to underwrite the fireworks celebrations for July 4th this year in Grand Rapids. If you talk to anyone involved, please extend our heartfelt thanks on behalf of the children and teens, who will be in the hospital over the 4th of July.

Many have been sad to be in the hospital around the holiday – but get so excited when they learn that they will have “the best seat in the house.” We gather patients in a playroom, the dialysis suite, patient rooms and find all windows facing west to view the spectacular celebration.

I have always enjoyed fireworks – but even more I enjoy getting to experience the reactions from these young patients and their families.  So, if you have the chance,  please extend our thanks to the DeVos and Van Andel families for making sure that as always these children will have the chance to enjoy the fireworks.

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