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"Copper for Kids" Program Surpasses $200,000 Raised for Children's Hospital

Copper for Kids fundraiser for American Family Children's Hospital: Plant engineering employeeCopper for Kids is a program created by employees to raise money for American Family Children's Hospital by collecting and selling used copper. Plant Engineering created Copper for Kids and all members of the department work to continue the program. 

Before the Copper for Kids effort, contractors involved in construction projects at the hospital typically recycled the scrap copper on their own, and some of it was simply thrown out. But since the fundraiser began, contractors have willingly turned over old copper wiring and tubing for the cause. 

Since its inception in 2006 the Copper for Kids program has raised more than $200,000 to support a variety of areas in American Family Children’s Hospital. 

The Copper for Kids program has:

  • Supported the PICU Team Work Room in American Family Children's Hospital
  • Supported the development of interactive television programming in American Family Children's Hospital
  • Provided dinners for more than 5,000 family members of patients
  • Purchased a fish for the “Go Fish” exhibit
  • Supported hundreds of nights of lodging for parents of patients
  • Provided 500 hours of care for siblings of patients

Funds raised in 2011 were used in the following ways:

  • A donation to name a room in the American Family Children's Hospital expansion
  • Provided dinners for more than 720 family members of patients
  • Supported startup needs for interactive bingo games over closed circuit television
  • Provided 100 safe cribs to families in need

Date Published: 11/27/2012