Valley Health System is thanking Hammer’s Helpers, the charity of New York Giants punter Jamie Gillan, known as the “Scottish Hammer,” for the generous donation of toys for pediatric patients of the Valley Hospital and Valley Home Care.
On Dec. 19, toys were donated to pediatric patients at the Valley Hospital and Valley Home Care’s Butterflies Program, as well as clothes for neonatal intensive care babies, by Jamie Gillan and his teammates Casey Kreiter and Cade York.
“We like to help out as much as possible to bring over some gifts so these kids can open them and play with them during their time here at the Valley Hospital,” Gillian said.
“Valley is very appreciative and thankful to Jamie Gillan for his donation to our pediatric patients,” Charles Vannoy, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at the Valley Hospital, said. “The gesture really goes a long way in uplifting their spirits during the holiday season.”
“To me, this is what being an NFL player is all about. I’m fortunate enough to have the platform that I have and to be able to give back, especially to kids and families in need during tough times. It is always good to put smiles on people’s faces,” Kreiter, the long snapper for the Giants, said.
After the hospital visit, Gillan also visited the home of a patient in Valley Home Care’s Butterflies Program. He spent time learning about the patient’s diagnosis, discussing home care services and meeting with the family.
Valley Home Care’s Butterflies Program provides comprehensive home care services, comfort and relief for infants and children who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting or life-threatening illness, and their loved ones.
“This visit and donation have a profound impact, and it creates an everlasting memory for the children. We really appreciate everything Jamie Gillan, his organization, Hammer’s Helpers, and the New York Giants are doing for Valley,” Toni Modak, vice president of Valley Home Care, said.