Penske Rolls in with Truckload of Donations to McFall

One child picked up a “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” game while another clung to an “Elsa” doll. There were monster trucks, coloring books, picture books, card games, building blocks, puzzles and much more. 

A year ago, the team from Penske Truck Rental in Kentwood made their first donation of toys. Mike Plaska, a lead tech at Penske, heard about the school needing toys and games for indoor recess. He reached out to his fellow workers and before he knew it donations were pouring in. 

“This year we were just talking about it and it seemed like everyone was on board to do it again,” said Plaska. 

He said donations this year came from employees from different Penske sites other than just the site on M-37 and 52nd Street. 

Supervisor Bob Strader said he was thrilled to have Penske employees involved in this donation.  “It feels good to give to the kids and see how happy they are getting all these new things.”

Plaska, whose daughter Daisy, is in first grade at McFall,  said he’s glad so many other employees decided to make donations. “It’s really nice to see everyone want to help.”

McFall Principal Jon Washburn said the donations will be shared throughout the school and students will be able to use the toys during indoor recess and at other times. “Our students can’t wait to play with everything! I just want to thank everyone at Penske for their generosity for our students.”