Sub chain raises $22K for hospital

Courtesy Subway

A local hospital has received a sizable gift this holiday season.

Subway board members on Dec. 5 presented Jim Steenbergen, lead foundation specialist for Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with a check for $22,859 raised during this year’s Subway Cares fundraising campaign in Grand Rapids.

From Oct. 1-28, patrons of Subway restaurants in Grand Rapids had the opportunity to donate funds to benefit Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The sum raised will be used to support more than 20 programs in the hospital, including the Center for Child Protection, which teaches safety practices to children and their families, and the Child Life Program, which strives to ensure children feel safe and welcome as they enter the hospital.

“Everyone who works with the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital gives tirelessly to every patient who walks through their doors,” said Ron Thebo, a local Subway representative and franchisee. “We are humbled and extremely honored to work with our community to raise money to show our appreciation to this institution.”

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital provides medical care to children of all ages at its facility in downtown Grand Rapids.

A teaching hospital, it has more than 300 pediatric physicians with medical and surgical training in more than 50 pediatric specialties and programs.

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