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Young patients pick out gifts for family members at Holiday Shop

Posted on Dec. 6, 2012 ( comments)

Some young patients at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital can’t leave the hospital to pick out Christmas gifts for family members, so on Thursday, the gifts came to them.

Thanks to the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation, a special Holiday Shop was set up inside the hospital. With the help of cheerful volunteers, children selected and wrapped free gifts for their family members.

It's the fourth 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 fourth 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 eight 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.”

Mora, who coaches football at UCLA, played at the University of Washington and later coached the Seattle Seahawks. He is a finalist this year for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.

The Foundation, started by Jim Mora and his wife, Shannon, is celebrating its seventh 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 has been named one of the country’s Top Hospitals by the Leapfrog Group for providing the safest and highest quality care to pediatric patients. Mary Bridge is the only pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest and one of only 12 children’s hospitals in the country to receive this recognition. Mary Bridge 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.

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