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Hello Kitty brightens day at Mary Bridge and at Festival of Trees
Hello Kitty brought hugs and smiles for young patients at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, as part of a visit to Tacoma, Wash., to celebrate the 27th annual Festival of Trees.
Photo album: Hello Kitty at Mary Bridge
Hello Kitty also plans to make a special appearance Saturday morning at the Festival of Trees Public Day at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
Festival of Trees designer Sheila Jensen decorated a Hello Kitty-themed tree with more than 100 stuffed Hello Kitties among the branches, topped by a giant pink bow. The tree’s co-designer is Tara Waits, and the tree is sponsored by Phase II Construction.
Jensen persuaded Hello Kitty herself to fly up from Los Angeles just for the event.
Hello Kitty will be in attendance tonight when the Hello Kitty tree is auctioned at the Festival of Trees Gala Dinner and Auction.
On Friday afternoon at the playroom at Mary Bridge, Hello Kitty played games with kids, colored a picture and checked out the fish tank. She gave each child Hello Kitty ears and a deck of Sanrio playing cards.
The kids gave hugs and high fives. For children who couldn't leave their beds, Hello Kitty visited their rooms and waved.
“It makes me want to cry,” said Diane Beard, LPN at Mary Bridge. “It’s so sweet that she’s here. It warms my heart and makes us smile.”
FESTIVAL OF TREES PUBLIC DAYS
When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma.
Cost: General admission: $6, students (13 to 18 years) $2, children (12 and under): free
Register: Tickets available at the door
What: Enjoy the splendor and magic of 60 elaborately decorated evergreen trees and beautiful holiday decor with your family and friends. Play games in the lobby, take a craft home to share with someone special, have your picture taken with Santa and find unique treasures in the Mary Bridge Brigade Gift Shop. Festival brings out the holidays spirit in us all with fun activities for the whole family.
Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in