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Shannon Mora, right, helps Grace select presents for her parents on Thursday at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.
Mora Foundation helps kids at Mary Bridge choose gifts for family
With festive red-and-green reindeer antlers atop her head, Shannon Mora merrily belted out Christmas carols as she helped young patients wrap presents Thursday at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.
"It's a holly jolly Christmas, it's the best time of the year," she sang in the playroom that she helped decorate with paper snowflakes.
Shannon and her group of helper elves from the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation brought plenty of presents and Christmas cheer to their special Holiday Shop at Mary Bridge.
Since kids in the hospital don't always have and opportunity to go out shopping for gifts for their loved ones, the Mora Foundation brought the gifts to the kids.
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It's the fifth year that the Mora Foundation's Holiday Shop has been offered to children at Mary Bridge. Jim Mora, who coaches football at UCLA, played at the University of Washington and previously coached the Seattle Seahawks.
In the playroom at Mary Bridge, patients thoughtfully selected presents for moms and dads and brothers and sisters, then the Mora Foundation volunteers helped wrap them with festive paper, bows and gift tags.
Grace used scissors to cut the wrapping paper to the right size, then carefully wrote M-O-M on the gift tag.
Damian, in a wheelchair, enjoyed grabbing the bows as he rolled by.
Rip, wearing a bright T-shirt that said "Rip Cancer to Shreds," found something special for his mom and dad and two younger sisters.
(Don't worry, we're not going to spoil the surprise by saying exactly which gifts they picked out.)
Through it all, Shannon Mora kept singing.
About the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation
The Mora Foundation, started by Jim and Shannon Mora, is celebrating its eighth 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.
Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in