As individuals and as corporate citizens, the Kellstrom Defense team also works hard to make a difference in our local communities. We firmly believe in doing the right thing and making a difference. We have established partnerships with several charitable organizations where employees are contributing their time and monetary support such as:
Most people only know the Shriner’s organization as the people who wear funny red hats and drive funny little cars, but there’s so much more to their story and history.
The Shriners International company describes itself as a fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth.
Dennis Asburry, Director of Repair Management, has been an active volunteer for Shriners International for over seventeen years. Both he and his brother joined the organization in 2001; with their father already an active member, they now have three generations actively participating. In 2016, his son, nephew, and his best friend also decided to join after seeing all the wonderful things they were doing to help children in need.
Dennis said that his favorite part of volunteering is becoming a “roadrunner,” transporting patients and their parents from South Florida to the Shriner Hospital in Tampa, Florida for appointments, therapies, and outpatients’ surgeries. Dennis also enjoys having the opportunity to participate in nineteen parades throughout the year, hosted in the South Florida area from the Florida Keys to North Broward County.
When asked of what could be his fondest memory amongst so many deeds, Dennis spoke of seeing a young man walk very fast at the Shriners Hospital in Tampa. The man held up his crutches in the air and yelled to his parents that he didn’t need them anymore. He was fitted with a new prosthetic leg that allowed him to walk without them. They all had tears of excitement and joy as they came together for a hug.
We teared up too when he told us the story.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is one of the largest pediatric sub-specialty health care systems in the world, providing specialized care to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. They are dedicated to improving the lives of children through innovative care, world-class research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Each of their twenty-two locations specializes in one or more of their broad service lines. All care and services are provided to children up to age eighteen, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.