Coyote Hill exists to give children in foster care a safe place to be a child. Each year, hundreds of children enter foster care in Missouri and for more than 30 years, Coyote Hill has worked to keep kids safe.

In November, the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation gave Coyote Hill Children’s Ranch $5,000 as a challenge grant for Giving Tuesday. Coyote Hill leveraged the donation match into an incredible $23,000 in one day!

When asked about his work with Coyote Hill, Coach Pinkel said “I feel like I’m doing something significant. We’re really trying to reach out and help kids. We’re going to keep trying to raise more money to help more kids.”

GP M.A.D.E. partners with 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.

To help Missouri children battling cancer, a core pillar of our mission, the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation donated $15,000 to the National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS). This grant supports the NCCS Transportation Assistance Fund.

The National Children’s Cancer Society, headquartered in St. Louis, provides emotional, financial, and educational support to children with cancer, their families, and survivors. The NCCS Transportation Assistance Fund alleviates the financial burden of travel and lodging for families who have a child with cancer. This includes transportation expenses such as mileage, airfare, and lodging when a child needs to stay near the hospital for treatment and nonprofit lodging is unavailable.

With the NCCS Transportation Assistance Fund, families can focus on the only thing that matters – getting their child well again.

Learn more about the National Children’s Cancer Society here.

In fall of 2022, the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation donated $15,000 to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. This grant funded the purchase of portable CADD pumps for prolonged administration of chemotherapy drugs for acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients. Treatment for this type of leukemia includes a medication that must be given by IV continuously for 28 days, and CADD pumps make this possible.

For the first time ever, Mid-Missouri children battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia can acquire CADD pumps in Columbia, rather than having to travel to St. Louis or Kansas City.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is part of the University of Missouri Health Care and was the first comprehensive cancer center west of the Mississippi River. Ellis Fischel’s team of physician specialists and other trained professionals work together with a common goal: to provide the latest cancer treatments and improve quality of life for thousands of people each year.

A core value of the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation is to support Missouri children battling cancers including leukemia and lymphoma. We are grateful to our supporters who Make A Difference Every-day in the lives and futures of children and youth.

For more than 50 years, the Columbia Youth Football League has been introducing families to the sport of football in a fun and instructive environment. These talented young athletes are skilled and competitive, but sometimes find out-of-state travel difficult to afford.

Helping young football players see their dreams come true is right up Coach Pinkel’s alley. In October, the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation provided a grant to the Columbia Youth Football League, which enabled 15 eleven-year-old low-income boys to play in the competitive division. While eleven-year-olds did not win their state championship, the 9 and 13-year old divisions did! Extra funds from the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation helped send them to AAU Nationals in Davenport Florida. Each team came in second in the nation. Many of the players had never traveled, so this was a wonderful experience seeing new places while competing in a sport they love.

Congratulations Warhawks! You can learn all about the Columbia Youth Football League here.

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.