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Dare to Care for Children gives, receives donations to go to pediatric clinic patients

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By Brian Slattery

Skip Wittkofsky, owner of Skip’s Truck Tire Service in Leland, made an early delivery for Santa Claus by donating eight large bags full of toys to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Wilmington.

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“These toys bring smiles to our patients who have multiple pediatric specialty visits throughout the year, including sometimes on their birthday. Thank you for your years of support to our clinics and for your dedication to improving the lives of children,” Vanessa VanGilder said in a statement thanking Wittkofsky and Bill Neely, president and vice president of Dare to Care for Children for the October donation.

Wittkofsky and Skip Watkins, New Hanover County commissioner and NHRMC trustee, bought more than 20 tickets to the North Carolina State Fair for the clinic to share with families. The Skips have donated fair tickets to Nunnelee Pediatric Clinic for the past 10 years.

Wittkofsky started Skip’s Truck Tire Service in Leland 34 years ago and said about 18 years ago he realized he wanted to help children. Since business was going good enough that he could put some money toward that goal, he began the nonprofit.

Dare to Care for Children has worked with the Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic since its start.

Wittkofsky doesn’t stop making donations after the Christmas season.

He collects toys and fundraises throughout the year to allow families to put their money into their children’s medical care.

But he doesn’t do it alone. Dare to Care for Children has received support for its programs from several Leland and Wilmington businesses over the years.

In 2017, it was Great Clips of Leland that raised $2,750 for Dare to Care for Children with a month-long fundraiser in October.

Great Clips staff presented the check to Wittkofsky and Neely on Nov. 7.

The nonprofit has helped with toys, equipment, car seats, wheelchairs, food, formula medicines, gas card and transportation to other hospitals.

Brian Slattery is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.