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Local Recycling Company Becomes Top New Donor; Grants 5 Wishes
Portland, ME – Make-A-Wish Maine is pleased to announce AIM Recycling is its top new donor business in 2015. The company’s total donation exceeded $30,000 and will grant wishes for five Maine wish kids.
“AIM Recycling eyes one goal – to become a world leader in recycled materials, but we know that accomplishing this starts at a local level. We opened five metal recycling locations in Maine and our goal is to help others in local communities in which we expanded,” says Dick Belisle from AIM Recycling. “Make-A-Wish and their mission to grant a wish to sick kids was an easy choice. We know the money raised will go to good use.”
The company raised over $30,000 with a variety of efforts, including a $1 donation for each ton of metal recycled, a raffle for a new truck, a golf tournament, and donation stands at events around the state.
When asked about a memorable moment during the fundraising period, Dick points to the overwhelming support from Mainers, who oftentimes would donate their entire scrap metal load to Make-A-Wish. “They would see the Make-A-Wish sign and wanted to help as much as they could.”
“AIM represents the very best in a community-minded company,” explains Sonya Purington, marketing director at Make-A-Wish. “Their team has worked tirelessly around the state to raise funds, in fact, their donation is the single largest received this year from a new donor business.” She goes on to explain, “Each time we connect with them, they’re serving up yet another measure to raise funds for Maine kids. It’s inspirational.”
In addition to fundraising efforts, AIM has offered multiple events and opportunities where Wish Kids gain exclusive access, including a behind-the-scenes tour and pit passes offered to Maine Wish Kids at the recent AIM Oxford 250.
“We’re eager to see where we go from here,” says Rebecca Leaming, development manager at Make-A-Wish, as she speaks about the promise of AIM and their commitment to Make-A-Wish.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. As of September 2015, we have granted over 1200 wishes. This coming year, the organization expects to grant the greatest wish of over 70 seriously ill Maine children, which is an average of one wish every five days. All money raised in Maine stays in Maine. All wish expenses are fully covered by Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish Maine is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all contributions are tax deductible. The Maine chapter has over 200 volunteers statewide, and a staff of seven. The office is located at 477 Congress Street, Suite M1, in Portland. For more information about Make-A-Wish Maine, visit www.maine.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish.
ABOUT AIMR RECYCLING LLC
Since 1936, AIM Recycling LLC has grown into an international leader in the metal recycling industry as they offer individuals and companies an environmentally-friendly way to recycle all unwanted metal materials. AIM Recycling LLC is committed to reprocessing all received items into precious raw metals through eco-friendly methods. Due to this awareness and their commitment to amiably serving customers in a timely manner, AIM Recycling LLC has become highly trusted and respected by members of the metal recycling industry.