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Modified Toy Cars to Make a Difference for Northeast Ohio Children with Mobility Impairments


Richfield, Ohio – October 19, 2016 – National Interstate Insurance employees and their families and friends have volunteered to build 27 specially modified toy cars for children with significant mobility impairments during the National Interstate-sponsored GoBabyGo Workshop. The event will take place on Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Company’s Richfield Home Office campus.

The event is a celebration of Make a Difference Day, a national day of community service observed since 1992.

At the workshop, National Interstate teams will spend the morning making electrical and mechanical modifications to ride-on toy cars. In the afternoon, children with special needs will learn to operate those cars as they practice sitting, standing and walking. Every GoBabyGo car is tailored to a specific child’s therapeutic goals and helps fulfill the universal need for independence, exploration and play.

“This is the second year in a row that National Interstate has partnered with GoBabyGo for a car-building workshop. As a father, I can’t tell you how proud I am of our employees who volunteer their personal weekend time for this meaningful and impactful effort to help a small child and their families,” said Tony Mercurio, President and CEO of National Interstate.

GoBabyGo in Cleveland partners with Cleveland State University’s Center for Innovation in Medical Professions and collaborates with researchers around the world to develop low-cost, high-impact technologies – including hands-free harness systems – for children and adults with mobility impairments. GoBabyGo also has relationships with industry leaders in assistive technology and children’s products as well as local and national community organizations such as Children’s Museum of Cleveland and the National Museum of American History.


About National Interstate

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National Interstate Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Interstate Corporation, is a specialty property and casualty insurance company with a niche orientation and focus on the transportation industry. We differentiate ourselves by offering insurance products and services designed to meet the unique needs of targeted insurance buyers. Products include insurance for passenger, moving and storage, and truck transportation companies, alternative risk transfer, or captive, insurance programs for commercial risks, specialty personal lines consisting of insurance products focused primarily on recreational vehicle owners, and transportation and general commercial insurance in Hawaii and Alaska. National Interstate and its insurance subsidiaries, which include Vanliner Insurance Company and Triumphe Casualty Company, are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Founded in 1989, we are headquartered in Richfield, Ohio with operations in Kapolei, Hawaii, and Fenton, Missouri



Amanda Genther, Media Relations
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