Boston Bruins put on their Santa hats and shop for sick kids

I wish I could remember the name of the person who served the quote, “Christmas: the only time of year you can sit in front of a dead tree eating candy with socks on.” Very good quote. I to do Know that it was Bart Simpson who said, “Are we not forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa Claus.

I know, I know – for many of us there is so much stress on vacation that sometimes it doesn’t even seem worth it. Every now and then, however, we are reminded that the season is for joy, hope and giving.

Not that I ever needed another reason to love our Boston Bruins, but here’s another reason. On Wednesday, several Bruins players took to a Target store in Boston to do some holiday shopping for hundreds of hospitalized children.

According to The Boston Bruins Facebook page, Santa Pasta, merry old Saint Bergeron and several of their teammates are seen in video and photos loading their shopping carts with a slew of gifts and holiday happiness.

For the Bruins, shopping for the kids who can’t celebrate the holidays at home with their families is part of an annual tradition. And, believe it or not, the annual Holiday Toy Shopping event was started years ago by Bruins Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque.

Some of the hospitals that have received donations in the past include Boston Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center Floating Children’s Hospital, etc.

A word of warning everyone: these gifts will not be delivered by reindeer. They will be delivered by bears. Thanks, B’s! You guys are the best. Happy Holidays!

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