Rams players handout gift baskets to children in hospital

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – Christmas came early today for some special children and their families thanks to a local charity and the Rams.

The Rams teamed up with the St. Louis based Basket of Hope charity to deliver gift baskets to kids at the Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital in Maryland Heights and the David Pratt Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur.

The children are battling cancer and other serious illnesses.

The baskets contain age appropriate games, toys and craft items for the kids.

The parents get hope totes with things like inspirational books.

Several Rams players were at both locations.

We spoke with special team’s player and running back Chase Reynolds who is heading up the rams part of the program.

‘It`s the holidays and these kids are here, a lot of them fighting for their life and a lot of them in here just trying to get better. It`s something to just encourage them and let them know that the community and us, we`re thinking about them,’ said Reynolds.

Brandon Richardson, whose 5 year old son is patient at Ranken Jordan, added, ‘It`s a special thing to meet the Rams, to get autographs, to get a nice basket.’

Basket of Hope gets items donated to them.

The charity delivers baskets and hope totes not only in the St. Louis area but also around the country.

The Rams have been working with Basket of Hope for more than 15 years.