Members of the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter and The Umbrella Club recently made a visit to Stamford Hospital to hand-deliver Pillow Pets and other items to children in the Pediatric unit. NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter President and former player Steve Thurlow, Hall of Famer and former New York Giant Frank Gifford and Bill Cooke from the Packers, Lions, 49ers and Seahawks, along with NFL Alumni, Inc. Vice president of sales and marketing Kelly McCoy, gave the children stuffed animals, autographed players cards and children's books from Wheelbooks.

Members of the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter have visited hospitals in the state and parts of Westchester County since the organization's inception in 2006. These visits help to advance the organization's year-round mission of "Caring for Kids," and enhance the lives of young people, offering role models for today's kids.

The Umbrella Club, one of the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter's benefiting charities, is a nonprofit organization that provides compassion and support for community families and children in need. President Bruce Moore and members Scott Kelly and Robert Giangoia were on hand to help deliver gifts to the young Stamford Hospital patients. Wheelbooks, publishers of children's learning literature, creates books for children with a foreign language component.

For more information about the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter, visit www.nflalumnict.org. To learn more about the Umbrella Club, visit www.umbrellaclub.org.

Stamford Hospital is a nonprofit provider of comprehensive healthcare services in lower Fairfield County and the region. The mission of Stamford Hospital is to provide, together with its physicians, a broad range of high quality health and wellness services focused on the needs of our communities. Stamford Hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a group of hospitals nationwide focused on patient-centered care.

Stamford Hospital is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Health System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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