by Treavor Halleck
Placed in Press Release
WSPA-FM, Magic 98.9 and Family Dental Health visited two upstate children’s hospitals on Monday, February 13, to deliver valentines to patients in the hospitals’ care. Over 190 children at the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville received a bag of valentines containing more than 70+ homemade cards donated by the upstate community.
“Words cannot begin to express how moved and touched I am by the outpouring of love and support for the kids this Valentine’s Day. We asked the community to help us reach 10,000 cards this year and we were blown away by receiving over 16,000 cards,” says Magic 98.9’s mid-day personality, Sheri Taylor. “We had people all over the Upstate send in cards for the kids. Every day I would open my email or social pages and see pictures of people from all walks of life making cards. Thank you, thank you, thank you… doesn’t even begin to scrape the tip of the iceberg for what I feel about everyone who shared so much love this Valentine’s Day.”
What began as a community outreach idea in 2014 with 5,100 valentines being collected, expanded to 8,200 valentines in 2016. After the campaign’s astonishing success and the monumental increase in card collections after the first year, the radio station expanded the Cards for Kids campaign from one hospital to two this year, adding Greenville Shriners Hospital as an additional benefactor. With the addition, the upstate came together and sent in over 16,150 cards for the hospitals.
“We are thankful to have Magic 98.9 partner with GHS Children’s Hospital for Cards for Kids again this year,” says Burgess Scott, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Manager at GHS Children’s Hospital. “The look on our patients’ faces when receiving the handmade Valentine’s cards from the community is priceless. Magic 98.9 truly is the station that cares for kids!”
“We were very excited when we learned Magic 98.9 had selected our hospital for their Cards for Kids campaign,” said Trana Pittam, Director of Public Relations at Greenville Shriners Hospital. “Receiving a bag full of valentines created especially for them was very special to each of our patients, and turned what might have been a typical day at the hospital into a wonderful surprise.”