Children’s Hospital – Using $12,124 raised at the first Dan McKay Memorial Bass Tournament, Teamsters Joint Council 13 bought hundreds of toys for Children’s Hospital’s Snowflake Village, then spent Christmas Eve at the hospital wrapping the presents for Santa to distribute to hospitalized children on Christmas Day.
“Parents of hospitalized children don’t have time, and sometimes don’t have the money, to shop for their children during the holidays. The Teamsters gift provided parents with a ‘free shopping trip’ at the hospital and made the holidays a happier and more normal time for their children,” said Children’s Hospital’s Emmy McClelland, director of governmental services.
Parents come into the Snowflake Village and select toys for their hospitalized children. Teamster volunteers and others they recruited wrap the gifts so parents can give special toys to their kids who are forced to spend Christmas in a hospital bed.
For children at the hospital without their parents, the nurses and Santa stand-in to deliver some holiday cheer.
The Teamsters’ gift was the single largest contribution ever received since the program began last year.
“Everyone was overwhelmed by the union’s generosity,” said Kathryn Lodes, the hospital’s special events coordinator.
“It was a moving experience to see the joy of the children when they received their gifts,” said Joint Council President Marvin Kropp.