Metro - Hug-A-Bear

 

at U of M Children's Hospital

MN QWEST PIONEERS & MN VIKINGS TEAM UP
ON HUG-A-BEAR HOLIDAY EVENT AT U of M
 CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN MINNEAPOLIS 

When the Minnesota Vikings asked the Metro Qwest Pioneers
to provide a bunch of  Viking themed Hug-a-Bears
for an upcoming  Community Tuesdays event, Pioneers readily
agreed  to do so.  The result: about 40 loveable Purple, White
and Gold Hug-a-Bears. 

 On November 25, Viking players, Qwest Pioneers
 and U of M Children’s Hospital Staff visited room-bound kids
and gave each a Hug-a-Bear And other autographed items
like caps and footballs.

 

Viking linebacker Ben Leber and wife Abby covered one wing
with Pioneers and Staff handing out Bears and memorabilia to kids

Steve Hutchinson, a favorite Viking player, and his wife Landyn
hosted a festive Thanksgiving dinner for patients able to leave
their rooms and their families. 
He gave out Hug-a-Bears and autographed items to kids attending
the dinner.  

Qwest is the official sponsor of MN Viking Community Tuesdays. 

 This event was a nice showcase for the Hug-a-Bear project.  
Thanks to Mavis Hjulberg, Chair of the Hug-a-Bear project,
and the people who work on the bears for putting together the
Hug-a-Bears for the Community Tuesdays event in record time.

 
U of M Children’s Hospital staff accompanied MN Vikings
and Pioneers on room visits
Ready to visit kids in their hospital rooms are:
 (L-R) Betty Sanders, Kathy and Roger Hanson,
Abby and Ben Leber, Vollie Sanders, Karen Jothen
& U of M Children's Hospital staff physician.
 
MN Viking player Ben Leber signs footballs to hand out   Young patient, Ryder, a bone marrow donor,
gives his Hug-a-Bear a big hug
 
MN Viking player Steve Hutchinson, host of the
Thanksgiving meal for children and their families,
lines up for a photo op with two patients
Vollie and Betty Sanders, Community Service Chairs and
Chapter President Kathy Hanson and Pioneer Partner Roger
show off the Hug-a-Bears given out
 
Steve Hutchinson, MN Viking player visits
with a patient and his dad
  Hug-A-Bear Huddle
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