Santa Braves Snow to Benefit Children’s Inn at NIH

Early 2011 present brings smiles to children’s faces

By Nancy Norman
|  Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011  |  Updated 9:00 PM EDT
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Santa Braves Snow to Benefit Children’s Inn at NIH

Martin Mistretta

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It was Christmas in January in Montgomery County, Md., Wednesday.

Santa was out with a full police escort as the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health was presented with a big fat check. This year’s present was for $20,000.  A generous $10,000 was raised by the Montgomery County Police Department Santa Ride. The matching contribution came from Sheehy Ford.

The Children’s Inn is world famous for hosting families to stay, at no charge, while their children get medical care at NIH. Last year more than 1,500 families stayed 14,541 nights at the Children’s Inn.

Since the Inn opened in 1990, more than 10,000 children have spent the night at this home with a big heart.

The actual monetary gift ceremony was held at Sheehy Ford in Gaithersburg, Md. Santa Claus was joined by Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, Sheehy Ford General Manager Shawn Lynes and Laura King from the Children’s Inn.

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