Teamsters donate nearly $30K to St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Snowflake Village

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By SHERI GASSAWAY
Correspondent

RECORD-BREAKING DONATION: Teamsters Joint Council 13 recently donated nearly $30,000 to St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Snowflake Village, which provides toys for children in the hospital on Christmas Day. It’s the highest amount the council has donated since 2014. Joint Council 13 President Larry Tinker (holding the envelope) and the council’s executive board presented the check to Bethany Belanger (left of Tinker), who accepted the donation on behalf of the hospital. – KMOV-TV screencap

Teamsters Joint Council 13 continued its tradition of bringing smiles to the faces of children hospitalized over the Christmas holiday by donating a record-breaking $29,175 to St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Snowflake Village program.

Since 2014, the council has raised more than $150,000 for the program, which provides toys for children in the hospital on Christmas Day. Money raised for the program comes from the annual Joint Council 13 Charity Bass Tournament.

“We set a record this year,” said Larry Tinker, Joint Council 13 president. “It’s the highest amount we’ve ever donated. Our members, their employers, our local offices and everyone who participated in the tournament really stepped up and helped.”

Snowflake Village uses the money to buy new toys, games, stuffed animals and clothing items for children confined to the hospital on Christmas Day and their siblings. The contributions help parents whose financial circumstances are such that they can’t afford to buy gifts for their children.

“I think everyone realized that there was a lot of need this year, and it’s more than a worthwhile charity,” Tinker said. “Some of the kids have been in the hospital for months and to be able to put a smile on their face with a new toy on Christmas Day is heart-warming.”

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.


 

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