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Santa Comes Again to Children's Inn at NIH--Thanks to the MoCo Police and Sheehy Ford
Santa Comes Again to Children's Inn at NIH--Thanks to the MoCo Police and Sheehy Ford

Christmas is coming again in January for the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Santa Claus joins Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, Assistant Chief Drew Tracy, Sheehy Ford General Manager Shawn Lynes, Children’s Inn Director of Volunteers and Community Outreach Laura King, and members of the police department’s motor squads at a special check presentation ceremony.  Sheehy Ford donated a $10,000 check to the Children’s Inn to match the $10,000 raised by this year’s Montgomery County Police Department Santa Ride.  In 2010 over 1500 families stayed 14,541 nights at the Inn at no charge while their children were receiving medical treatment at NIH.  Since the Children’s Inn opened in 1990, over 10,000 children have stayed at the Children’s Inn.

“This is our third year with this program,” says Assistant Chief Drew Tracy. “The traffic officers of Montgomery County, that’s basically motorcycle squads, we have approximately 40 officers. Three years ago we decided to put a charitable trust together where we could help the community and I volunteer and the Children’s Inn at NIH and I see a lot of families coming in from this country and throughout the world because their loved one is receiving very serious critical care at NIH and we just wanted to raise some money to help the families, provide them with food, and money while they’re here.”

But the officer’s couldn’t have done it without Sheehy Ford. “Sheehy Ford said this year they would double whatever we raised. We raised $10,000 and Sheehy is giving us $10,000, so that will be $20,000 for the people at Children’s Inn- a great cause,” added Tracy. “We have to give them credit because they reached out to us. Here is a time we didn’t knock on their door, they knocked on our door and we greatly appreciate it and so does the families that benefit from it.”

It was an honor for Sheehy Ford. General Manager Shawn Lynes says, “We do a lot with the Montgomery County police. This is a charity that they work with and we’re always looking for ways to help the community and felt this is a worthwhile organization to get involved with so in conjunction with them we thought this would be one place we would make a major donation this year.”

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