Pa. company aims to help 5,000 kids

October 7, 2011 2:58:10 PM PDT
The goal for Shire Pharmaceuticals in Chesterbrook is to collect enough items in two days to help 5,000 children.

Their 4th Annual Big Give drive benefits Cradles to Crayons, which serves as a resource in Pennsylvania for communities in need.

Volunteeers say the biggest need is for children's clothing, especially underwear, socks and boys pants.

Hundreds of employees volunteer. For Stanley Newman, the Big Give is personal.

"I grew up in the inner city as one of those children who didn't have a lot," he said. "We've done it bigger every single year and this year is no exception," said Newman.

Homelessness in Pa. is up 46% from two years ago. In rural and suburban communities, it's up 57%.

Each year hundreds of area residents drop off their donations of new and gently used items.

"I have two children. As they grow out of their clothing and toys, I pack it all up, bring it here," said Nancy Harris of Wayne, Pa. "I think this is fabulous!"

"We'll go back to our warehouse and quality check them and sort them" said Sarah Busbey of Cradles to Crayons. "We're actually doing a bit of sorting today."

For Shire reps like Mike Ferguson, the focus is always on giving back. But, it never hurts when you win two Phillies tickets in the employee raffle.

"So, I'm very, very excited! Go Phillies!" Ferguson said.

Online: Find out more about Cradles to Crayons

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