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Steelers' make the holidays brighter

Posted Dec 23, 2016

A visit to Children's Hospital by Steelers' players is just what the doctor ordered.

When it’s just days before Christmas the last place a child wants to be is in the hospital. But that is the reality for many kids at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Steelers’ players tried to make their day a little brighter when  Antonio Brown, Ross Cockrell, Sean Davis, Daryl Richardson, Al-Hajj Shabazz, and DeAngelo Williams stopped by to visit on Friday, bringing smiles and laughter when it’s needed most. 

Earlier this month the hospital hosted their annual Free Care Fund telethon, and anyone who gave $20 or more to the fund sponsored a Steelers bear that the players delivered to the patients during their visit. And the bears were definitely a hit with the kids, some who have been in the hospital for extended care.

That wasn’t the only delivery that was made, though. Antonio Brown wanted to do something to give back, and did so in a big way when he presented the hospital with a check for $100,000.
 
“What a wonderful time of the year to give back,” said Brown. “It’s a blessing for some kids who might be in an unfortunate situation. Just making a positive contribution and give back and spread love.

“I have kids. I know how important they are to me. To give back to those in a less fortunate situation, it’s something I want to do to help kids. Knowing my kids are healthy and are blessed, I want to try and bless others. I never take for granted the health of my family, my kids.”

And for the hospital, the gift is something that thrills them as it can help in so many ways.

“In a word, wow. He just completely stunned everybody,” said Greg Barrett, the president of the Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This gift really represents great leadership. There are a handful of athletes in the city that have been personally generous to Children’s Hospital. Certainly this stands out as one of those that makes such a difference in the community. All of the Steelers do so much donating their time. This is that extra that really helps.”

There is a way you can help the kids at Children’s Hospital as well. The Steelers-Ravens Ladies for a Cause challenge is underway to see who can raise the most for their charity by Christmas day when the two teams meet at Heinz Field. The Steelers’ ladies are giving their donations to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. You can donate now to help Children’s Hospital, and help the Steelers defeat the Ravens off the field. Donate Here.