Seventeen-year-old Conner Hagins and a group of area teenagers will play the part of Santa’s helpers, bringing small gifts and great cheer to hospitalized patients at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.
The area youth will deliver the gifts on Friday, December 20, 2013, as part of “Cuddles for Kids” an organization started by Hagins when he was just 9-years-old. “I got the idea for Cuddles for Kids after my dad went through open heart surgery,” says Hagins, now a Junior at Bishop McCort High School. “Someone gave my dad a teddy bear and I thought that was really kind. Being in the hospital for the holidays is tough especially for children, so we are happy to be able to visit with patients and hopefully brighten their day.”
Cuddles for Kids has provided more than 70-thousand new toys for the sick and needy since its inception and this year the organization also donated over $2,000 in grants to area non-profits and special projects which match the Cuddles For Kids mission.
“We are very excited to welcome Conner and his friends again this year,” says Amy Bradley, Director of Marketing Communications for the Conemaugh Health System. “Last year they provided a small stuffed animal for every patient, all delivered with big smiles and well wishes. It is a very special day and it really means a lot to those at the receiving end.”
This year’s Cuddles for Kids delivery will take place on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:30am. Media coverage of the delivery is welcome. Please contact the Conemaugh Health System Marketing department at (814) 534-3121 for more details.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121