Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman
Mets Star David Wright Pays Holiday Visit to CHKD
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. –- New York Mets star third baseman David Wright paid a pre-Thanksgiving visit to children at CHKD and donated $25,000 toward creating a videogame and movie library that will help keep hospital-bound kids entertained.
A graduate of Hickory High School, Wright not only made it to the major leagues, he became a star player and twice won the National League Gold Glove award.
But even as he’s settled into New York, Wright believes it’s important to help children here in the region. His “Do the Wright Thing Lending Library” will provide CHKD patients more than 400 movies and 200 games including “my favorite, Guitar Hero,” Wright said after presenting the check to CHKD CEO Jim Dahling. The gift was made through the David Wright Foundation.
Wright then visited with and signed autographs for children suffering cancer, sickle cell disease and a host of other illnesses.
This marked Wright’s second visit to CHKD.
On Christmas Eve 2007, Wright came to the hospital and delivered hundreds of toys to children.
“You can tell that David Wright genuinely cares about these children, and he’s been incredibly generous with his time,” said Dahling.
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters serves the medical and surgical needs of children from Wright’s hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, and the surrounding areas of Southeastern Virginia, Northeastern North Carolina and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,100 inpatient admissions and 200,000 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions.