The Kenworth T880 pictured above features a 52-inch sleeper and a special Seattle Mariners theme — Aug. 26, it plays a part in a Paccar fund-raising effort outside Safeco Field in support of the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program in Seattle. Before the 7:10 p.m. Mariners home game against the Texas Rangers, Paccar and Kenworth employee volunteers will collect cash and accept new children’s book donations for the Page Ahead organization. The truck and volunteers will be located in the Parking Plaza next to the Safeco Field Parking Garage on the south side of Edgar Martinez Drive South.
Paccar’s partnership with Page Ahead dates back to 2007, the company says. The literacy organization’s mission is to provide new books and develop reading activities that empower at-risk children. 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 $600,000 to Page Ahead since the program’s inception, enough to purchase 105,000 new children’s books. Paccar employees also have purchased and contributed more than 17,500 new children’s books in the past seven years.