By SHERI GASSAWAY
Teamsters Joint Council 13 recently donated $20,190 to St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Snowflake Village, which provides toys for children in the hospital on Christmas Day.
The contributions help parents whose financial circumstances are such that they can’t afford to buy gifts for their children. Normally, parents visit a room filled with toys and choose one for each child. But because of COVID-19, hospital staff interviewed the families to see what their kids liked and bought and wrapped the toys.
Joint Council 13 President Larry Tinker said the money raised for the effort came from the Joint Council 13 Charity Bass Tournament. He said the union considered canceling the 2020 tournament because it was concerned that participation would be down because of the coronavirus.
“I was determined to have the tournament even if there were only 10 boats,” Tinker said. “We were shocked at how much we were able to raise. In fact, we broke a record for the number of participants and what they donated. We’re happy to be able to help.”
The Teamsters are the largest donator to the Snowflake Village program, helping to deliver the Christmas magic year after year to children facing illness at the holidays.