Thursday December 15, 2011 6:55 PM

Season Of Giving

Rockets players pay visit to Ronald McDonald House to spread holiday cheer staff

HOUSTON - The season of giving is underway.

The Houston Rockets paid a visit to Ronald McDonald House Wednesday afternoon to spread some holiday cheer, handing out gifts and hanging out with the children and families who have come to call RMH home.

Kyle Lowry, Jordan Hill, Jonny Flynn and Marqus Blakely teamed up with Clutch the Rockets Bear and the Rockets Power Dancers to put smiles on the faces of dozens of young boys and girls, sharing hugs and high fives along the way.

After handing out gifts, the players and children headed straight to the dining area, working together to make cookies and other delicious holiday treats.

Houston's Ronald McDonald House offers a home away from home providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions.

This mission has been the vision and driving force behind Houston's Ronald McDonald House for more than three decades. Today that vision has grown to include:

- Holcombe House a freestanding 50-bedroom home for longer term stays
- House inside Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) a home with 20 bedrooms
- House inside Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital a home with 14 bedrooms
- Three Family Rooms inside TCH
- “Cookie Corner" at M. D. Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital

Click here for more information.

Wednesday's event was part of both the Rockets' Season of Giving program and also Rockets Give Back, owner Leslie Alexander's season-long initiative to follow through on the franchise's mandate to make a significant positive difference in the Houston community.

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