A Kenworth T880 52-inch sleeper truck with a special Seattle Mariners theme will be part of a PACCAR fundraising effort outside Safeco Field in support of the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program in Seattle. The event will take place Tuesday, Aug. 25, before the 7:10 p.m. Mariners home game against the Oakland Athletics.
PACCAR and Kenworth employee volunteers will collect cash donations and accept new children’s book donations for Page Ahead at the Kenworth T880 Mariners truck, which is equipped with a 500-hp PACCAR MX-13 engine. The truck and volunteers will be in the Parking Plaza next to the Safeco Field Parking Garage on the south side of Edgar Martinez Drive South.
PACCAR began a partnership with Page Ahead in 2007. The literacy organization’s mission is to provide new books and develop reading activities that empower at-risk children.
According to the company, for every Mariners run batted in, the PACCAR Foundation makes a financial donation to Page Ahead. By season’s end, the PACCAR Foundation will have donated $675,000 to Page Ahead since the program’s inception, enough to purchase 135,000 new children’s books. PACCAR employees also have purchased and contributed more than 19,000 new children’s books in the past eight years.