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Mary Bridge kids find gifts for parents, siblings at Holiday Shop
"I'm going to get a big hug for this!" said 6-year-old Cameron McKeever after he wrapped up a gift that he picked out for his mother.
Cameron was one of 50 young patients at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital who picked out free gifts for their parents, brothers and sisters Thursday at a special Holiday Shop inside the Tacoma hospital. Children who might otherwise not be able to leave the hospital to find a gift are allowed to pick from a wide selection of gifts for all ages -- board games, sports gear, tool sets, candles and spa kits.
The Holiday Shop is presented by the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation, in partnership with Michael’s Toyota of Bellevue and Michael’s Chevrolet of Issaquah. Mora, who played football at the University of Washington and later coached the Seattle Seahawks, was hired this month as football coach for UCLA.It's the third year that the Holiday Shop has been offered to children at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to host the third annual Holiday Shop at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital,” said Shannon Mora, Vice President of the Foundation, who helped children pick out gifts and wrap them on Thursday. “We designed the Holiday Shop seven years ago back in Atlanta to empower children in the hospital during the holidays to participate in the holiday season by giving gifts and spreading cheer to their own families at a difficult time. The children burst with pride picking out and wrapping the gifts to surprise their families—it is special to work with them and see them enjoy some holiday cheer.”
The Foundation, started by Jim Mora and his wife, Shannon, is celebrating its sixth year supporting children in need by affording them the opportunity to realize their potential and dreams, help create more stability in their lives, support advocacy for children, and support channels that allow children to have a voice. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.countonmefoundation.org.
MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center offers comprehensive resources and expertise for critically ill or injured children through its pediatric critical care transport teams, Emergency Department, pediatric intensive care and medical-surgical units. Mary Bridge offers the region’s most advanced, full-service pediatric surgical center. With its family-centered care philosophy, Mary Bridge provides services and accommodations for families in a child-friendly environment.