PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A group of Major League Baseball umpires spent a little down time with the patients at Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

The umpiring crew working tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets helped the kids create Build-A-Bear stuffed animals.

Each patient got to choose their own animal and clothing, including bear-sized Pirates uniforms.

“This whole program just brings a huge – puts things in perspective for all of us. Makes us feel very fortunate first of all, but to see a smile on a kid’s face when doing this program, that’s what its all about for us.

“It’s a great charity and we’re so proud to be a part of it and we we’re so happy that they have us here to do it,” Umpire Mike Everitt said.

The event was part of the Umps Care Charities.

It’s a nonprofit organization founded by Major League Baseball umpires to help at-risk youth and children coping with serious illnesses.


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