The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles visit CHOP
This past April 23rd, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) received a very special visit. They arrived from the exterior, climbing the windows and surprising the patients of the medical center. It was no other than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
No, it wasn’t the plot of the kids’ movie; but the last charitable initiative carried out by CHOP with the collaboration of the local company Jenkintown Building Services Inc.
With Earth Week as their motive, the employees in charge of the window cleaning exchanged their typical work uniform for the turtle shell and the green skin. The result was a very special encounter in which they managed to get a smile from the young patients of this children’s medical center; who didn’t hesitate in getting close to the window to say hello.
Nevertheless, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles visit isn’t the first special one that the CHOP patients have received. The first superhero to travel to the hospital was, logically, Spiderman. Some from the Sesame Street gang stopped by (Grover, The Count, and Oscar the Grouch), as well as the Recycle Men.
CEO of the cleaning company, Marty Tuzman, told Al Día that the idea emerged when the workers (one third of which are Latino), would see the sad faces of the children that watched them while they cleaned the windows and they would try to make them smile.
“We want to take advantage of the opportunity that we have to make the world a little bit better”, explains Tuzman. And judging by the children's smiles it seems like they have achieved their objective.