ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Local heroes delivered hope today to kids and their parents at Cardinal Glennon Children`s Medical Center. St. Louis based Baskets of Hope teamed up with the St. Louis Heat Public Safety Football Team to deliver the gift baskets to kids and their families.
The St. Louis Heat is a semi-pro football team made up of first responders including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, military members and a judge. The baskets contain things like toys, games, craft items and stuffed animals.
While the baskets bring joy to the kids and their families, the effort is also a way for the first responders to get involved with the community.
"We`re trying to actually bridge that gap between the community and public safety and make people aware that we`re approachable and we`re just normal people," said Sergeant Kenny Eckardt who is with the Hazelwood police department and is part of the St. Louis Heat.
Chris Bradford, whose son is a patient at Cardinal Glennon, said, "Just the joy that the baskets brought him today really makes me smile, makes my wife smile, that they were able to come and do this."
The group delivered 120 baskets to kids and 120 totes with more adult items to the parents.