Philanthropy runs in the Birndorf family. Adam Birndorf, son of Higher Hopes! founder Bill Birndorf, and his intern partners Emily Gucwa and Nicholas Litton at Gale, a Cengage Company, put on an event for 50 Detroit children who participated in a summer reading program at the Detroit Public Library. Employees at Gale assembled brand new bicycles and awarded each one of the 50 kids who completed the summer reading program one, along with a helmet, bike lock, backpack and a copy of both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
The kids were transported from four separate Detroit Public Library branches to the Gale office in Farmington Hills, where they were surprised with their new bikes, backpacks and books. There was an ice cream truck, a DJ, face painting and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence was on hand as well.
“The best part of this whole event was seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when they saw that they were getting their own brand-new bike!” Birndorf said.