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  • MLB: 10-year-old honored for charity work at hospital

  • JULY 9 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL



    As part of their annual HOPE Week, the New York Yankees honored 10-year-old Autumn Blinn of Rome at Yankee Stadium July 9 for her charitable work with Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.



    Blinn was recognized for her work to help those in need through her “Pillows of Love” initiative.

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  • As part of their annual HOPE Week, the New York Yankees honored 10-year-old Autumn Blinn of Rome at Yankee Stadium July 9 for her charitable work with Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.
    Blinn was recognized for her work to help those in need through her “Pillows of Love” initiative. The Yankees also presented the Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Regional Dialysis Center with $5,000 in honor of her work and commitment to helping others.
    Blinn’s pillow-making initiative began when she made one for her grandfather, John Santiago, who receives kidney dialysis treatment at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare. After seeing the comfort the pillow provided her grandfather, she decided she wanted to give the same feeling to the many other dialysis patients at the site. Her generosity soon grew into “Pillows of Love” as she began donating her hand-sewn pillows to sick children and adults at various hospitals and medical centers in upstate New York and New York City. Over the last year, she’s made approximately 175 pillows for patients.
    Each year, the Yankees host Helping Others Persevere and Excel Week based on the fundamental belief that acts of goodwill provide hope and encouragement to more than the recipient of the gesture. To help celebrate HOPE Week, the Yankees invited the Blinn family to New York City to hand out pillows to children at the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan, and to attend their game against the Kansas City Royals.
    Members of the Yankees roster such as Robinson Cano, David Robertson, Vernon Wells, Jayson Nix and the manager, Joe Girardi, surprised Blinn and her grandfather at the Ronald McDonald House and assisted her in handing out pillows to the sick children. Blinn was also honored on the field at Yankee Stadium prior to the start of the game. Pitcher David Robertson presented a check for $5,000 to both Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and the Ronald McDonald House in honor of Blinn, and Joe Girardi gave her a plaque honoring her charitable work.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports
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