Congratulations to Love Columbia on their ribbon cutting today! GP M.A.D.E. Foundation was happy to underwrite the Children’s Room at Love Columbia and also to provide funding to turn the room into “THE ZOU” complete with a jungle mural and stuffed animals.

Love Columbia is a non-profit organization that helps people and families with socioeconomic challenges find the resources they need to love people forward. GP M.A.D.E is proud to partner with Love Columbia and hopes THE ZOU will bring cheer and comfort to children who may be experiencing uncertainty.

For more info about love Columbia go to lovecolumbiamo.org

Gary and Missy Pinkel are pictured in the back row along with Carson Coffman, Love Columbia board president. In the front row are Greg DeLine, GP M.A.D.E. Foundation supporter and board member of Love Columbia, and Jane Williams, Love Columbia founder and executive director.
Carson Coffman and Jane Williams cut the ceremonial ribbon at the new Love Columbia center.
Welcome to THE ZOU — the Children’s Room at the new Love Columbia center, funded by GP M.A.D.E.

Every year for the past 16 years, Zimmer radio stations here in Mid-Missouri join forces in a Miracles for Kids Radiothon to raise money for MU Health Care Women and Children’s Hospital. This year, GP M.A.D.E. Foundation was thrilled to contribute $10,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon.

Living our mission: Making a Difference Every-Day in the lives of Mid-Missouri children!

Learn more about Miracles for Kids here.

Guess what? The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation came to visit and celebrate with ME! Blaze, the Facility Wonder Dog. That’s right! Gary and Missy Pinkel came to my 3rd birthday party. I was so excited to see them. The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation helps take care of me so that I can take care of my favorite people in the world – my kiddos at the hospital.

What are some of the ways I take care of my kiddos? Ok, I’ll tell you:

  • I help children work on brushing teeth by letting them brush mine.
  • I help children learn how to dress with buttons, zippers, and shirts.
  • I help children walk. I tell them good job and walk along side for support.
  • I help children pick out orthotics to walk more easily.
  • I help keep kids entertained when they have to wait on things that take a long time, like ordering a new wheelchair.
  • I let children scratch my belly, rub my ears and touch my nose for different sensory experiences.
  • I act as a visual stimuli for kids to work on localizing to objects. (especially my tail!)
  • I help children practice walking up and down stairs. I help keep them safe.
  • I help children learn and identify different body parts.
  • I help children work on standing, strength, and balance.
  • Most importantly, I give the BEST snuggles and kisses!!!

I LOVE my job and I take it very seriously. Nothing makes me happier than helping my kiddos. Thanks, Coach and Missy, for coming to my birthday party. Come back and visit me soon – and don’t forget to bring treats!

Love,

Blaze

Through a grant from GP M.A.D.E. Foundation, MU Health Care is able to care for Blaze so that he can bring joy and support to pediatric patients. We are proud to make a difference in the lives of local children every day. Learn more about the MU Health Care Children’s Therapy Center here.

Gary and Missy Pinkel attended the Read Across America United Way event at Parkade Elementary School on Thursday, September 16 to celebrate the delivery of impactful books to local elementary school students.

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation partnered with Heart of Missouri United Way to donate 2,600 books to first and second graders in five different Columbia Public Schools, as part of the Read Across Columbia program.

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation is proud to partner with Heart of Missouri United Way in their efforts to improve lives in the community through working to defeat barriers to basic needs, health, education, and financial stability.

Coach Pinkel spoke at the event with current Columbia Public Schools assistant superintendent and former Mizzou Football player De’Vion Moore. Afterward, Coach Pinkel led students in attendance to the M-I-Z-Z-O-U cheer.

“We are so excited to assist United Way and Columbia school systems in this important task,” Pinkel said. “Our goal is to make a difference in these kids’ lives and everyone is working hard to do that here.”

First and second graders at Parkade, Benton, Blue Ridge, Derby Ridge and Alpha Hart Lewis elementary schools are set to receive the books.

Learn more about the Heart of Missouri United Way here.

The Special Learning Center in Jefferson City, Mo. used part of a $16,000 grant from the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation to purchase new sensory and adaptive interactive play items.

The Center currently has three immobile children in the four and five year-old classroom where the equipment is used. Grant funds were also used to purchase low-height, stable shelving to house the interactive items, as well as safe rubberized floor mats.

The new technology allows children, like Blake in the photo above, to pull themselves up to interact with the toys in a safer manner. The soft surface flooring provides extra safety. For the children, these are exciting toys that give them more options at playtime.

“To Blake, they are fun toys,” executive director Stephanie Johnson said. “To our staff, the items we purchased are interactive, educational tools that help develop the children.” With the new equipment, Blake was able to pull himself up independently— something of which is a relatively new skill for him! While many children regularly play while standing, for some children this is a big accomplishment that GP M.A.D.E. has played a part in.

To learn more about the Special Learning Center, visit: www.speciallearningcenter.com.

The GP M.A.D.E. foundation provided a $16,000 grant to The Special Learning Center in Jefferson City this past week. The Special Learning Center makes a difference every day by providing for comprehensive, early intervention services for children with developmental delays and disabilities. The grant given to the Center will be used to purchase sensory panels.

“For children who are born with developmental disabilities, learning to walk takes more time and effort,” executive director Stephanie Johnson wrote. “In addition to the physical therapy children receive at Special Learning Center, the Center uses equipment like the sensory panel featured in the attached photo.”

Johnson says the sensory panel encourages children to stand to use it, which helps build leg strength and balance.

Learn more about the Special Learning Center here.

The GP M.A.D.E. foundation partnered with Bob McCosh Chevrolet to help purchase a 15 passenger van for United Community Builders.

United Community Builders provides extensive care for children and minority children and the foundation was able to donate $15,000 toward the purchase of a 15 passenger van.

Between the $15,000 donated by the GP M.A.D.E. foundation and the money and assistance of Bob McCosh, UCBUILDERS was able to purchase the van at their own, reasonable price. GP M.A.D.E. then paid to put van signs, logos and stickers on the van.

UCBUILDERS has six tiers of programming that help work toward their mission of building and releasing capable people to meet the needs of their communities and making a difference in the lives of others everyday. Learn more about United Community Builders here.

GP M.A.D.E. gave its first socioeconomic grant to First Chance for Children. The program’s goal is to build an early learning system which covers nine counties in the state of Missouri – serving more that 1,500 families. First Chance for Children provides cribs and basic needs for families starting out with babies and children. The organization is focused on providing early childhood programs and family resources to create healthy outcomes for children and families in Mid-Missouri. Their vision is that all children will be ready and able to succeed in school and life. GP M.A.D.E. is always looking for charities that are supporting children and youth in the three pillar areas: physical disabilities, cancer research and assistance and economic and social challenges.”

Learn more about First Chance for Children here.

The GP M.A.D.E. foundation donated $15,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society mid-america chapter. Coach Pinkel shared stories for the LLS Black Tie Ball in April and met Magnus, a 10-year-old non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, who shared his stories as well.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting blood cancer in the world. The mission of LLS is to cure Leukemia and Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation always aims to partner with organizations that make a difference in the lives of others everyday, specifically in the three pillars of the foundation: support and research for children and youth facing lymphoma and leukemia cancers, assisting children and youth with physical challenges and aiding children and youth experiencing economic and social challenges.

Learn more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society here.

GP M.A.D.E. teamed up with Mizzou wide receiver L’Damian Washington and The Crossing Church to spread some holiday cheer on Monday, December 2. The pair put on some Santa hats and gifted approximately 60 pairs of shoes to the kids of Coyote Hill. Afterward, there was a small party with hot chocolate and cookies to share the Christmas spirit.

Coyote Hill is the recipient of GP M.A.D.E.’s One Step Forward shoe mentoring program, their mission is to give children in foster care a safe place to be children and work to end child neglect and abuse.
In an interview with ABC17’s Andrew Kauffman, Coach Pinkel said that the foundation has been doing very well in its first year.

“I feel like I’m doing something significant, we’re really trying to reach out and help kids,” Pinkel said. “We’re going to keep trying to raise more money to help more kids.”

Washington, who is also a board member for the foundation, said the event is beneficial for everyone involved.

“I think it’s wonderful, just seeing the smile on these kids’ faces, just seeing the turnout that we got,” Washington said. “I think it always just does good for everybody because the kids are happy, and giving back just makes everybody heartful.”

GP M.A.D.E. chose Coyote Hill because the organization is a perfect reflection of the foundation’s own goals— making a difference every day in the lives of others.

Learn more about Coyote Hill here.