For the third year in a row, we packed thousands of FunTime FastPaks with snacks, activity books and toys. In total, our 16 facilities gave away more than 20,000 FastPaks to families with kids who traveled between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

“Our goals for the FastPak program are simple,” said Melanie Chavez, executive vice president of construction and branding at Fast Park. “We want to see the smiling, happy faces of the kids as they open up their FastPaks and in the process we hope parents gain a few peaceful moments too. We know getting the kids to the airport is a task that keeps mom and dad on their toes, and we love to help every step of the way.”

This summer, we not only gave FastPaks to the little ones who came through our gates, we also helped support several non-profit organizations. We’re happy to announce that thanks to your nominations, we were able to donate nearly 300 FastPaks to deserving children and charities in several of our markets.

“As a company, we’re dedicated to giving back to the communities we call home,” said Chavez. “Giving away nearly 300 FastPaks is just the beginning for us, and we hope to continue this initiative every summer.”

Here is a little bit more about the organizations that received the FastPaks.

Austin – Foster Angels Network
The Foster Angels Network provides immediate assistance to fill foster children’s basic needs (clothing, food, bed, and medical expenses) and give life-enhancing experiences, like birthday parties, attending camp, watching and playing sports and participating in the arts.

Vero Beach, FL – Hibiscus Children’s Center
Hibiscus Children’s Center maintains a safe shelter for children who are abused, abandoned and neglected by providing prevention, residential assessment and recovery programs. The center also assists with giving its children an education, helping them attain emotional and physical well-being, achieving career readiness and gaining independent living skills.

Tucson – Tu Nidito
With the vision that no child grieves alone, Tu Nidito works to create a community of acceptance, support and understanding regarding children in grief. They are dedicated to supporting children impacted by serious medical conditions and death.

Austin – The American Red Cross of Central Texas
After the devastating floods in central Texas over Memorial Day weekend, we stepped in to assist those who were hit the hardest. Teachers at the Laugh and Learn school in Kyle, TX assembled care packages which included our donated FastPaks and other items. The care packages were then delivered to The American Red Cross in Wimberley, TX.