On Dec. 2, Pete King Construction opened up their warehouse to the Jaydie Lynn King Foundation and 75 volunteers who supported the foundation’s Adopt-a-Family event. Well into the evening, gifts, household items and toiletries were dropped-off and wrapped for 102 families with children receiving treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
Each year, Pete King Construction partners with the Jaydie Lynn King Foundation to provide the patient and each member of their immediate family with clothing and gift items. The total number of individuals impacted this year exceeds 500.
In preparation for the event, Pete King Construction preps their warehouse, donates all of the wrapping paper to be used throughout the evening and uses their equipment and vehicles to pick up items from donors. Employees were on site until 1 a.m. bringing in gifts and prepping the space for next-day deliveries, and were readily available both days to translate for Spanish speaking families.
“When we help deliver gifts to families, getting so the pure joy on their faces is so rewarding,” said Jeff King, president of Pete King Construction. “We understand that holidays can be a very trying time for families with children battling cancer, and working with the Team Jaydie allows us to play a small role in alleviating the worry and stress that those families face.”
King recalled a memorable event of the evening when a family arrived via bus to pick up their gifts. “The family thought the items would fit into a small bag because they didn’t realize what the donors would be providing for them. We gave them a ride home because it was clear that it would be so much more convenient.”
Since its inception in 2006, the foundation has used Pete King Construction’s warehouse to adopt 725 families during their stay at PCH. An estimated 3000 individuals have been impacted over the years. Several other Valley construction companies and community groups contributed to the success of the event by volunteering and making monetary donations.