De Soto Society Blog

Bay News 9: “Children at Manatee hospital get special visit for Christmas”

BRADENTON — Children at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton got an early Christmas present Friday. Conquistadors from the Hernando De Soto Historical Society and Maverick the Manatee from State College of Florida brought holiday cheer to the sick children there.

The group handed out presents at the pediatric unit.

They said they do it to make sure children know they are not alone during the holidays.

“To know now I’m able to give back and to be able help a child, even giving them a teddy bear, just to hold something, to make them feel better is incredible,” said Christina Sisti, founder of Overcome Birth Defects.

Sisti helped organize the Desoto crew coming to the hospital.

In addition to visiting children at Manatee Memorial, the group also visited children at Sarasota Memorial and Easter Seals.


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