A Packers star, an eight-year-old girl and corporate sponsors helped create a special day for the Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Wisconsin and Make-a-Wish.
Wide receiver james Jones and Wish Kid Maggie Hendrick presented a check for nearly $10,000 to the two organizations on behalf of Pick â€˜n Save and Gannett Media.
Maggie, whoâ€™s from Appleton, was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. She wanted to give back in this new year.
She teamed up with Jones to create a holiday greeting card featuring her artwork and both of their autographs. The cards were sold at supermarkets across the state, with proceeds going back to help other children in need.
â€œIÂ thought it was awesome that Iâ€™m helping all those children that are going through some of the things that Iâ€™m doing, too, and I love to help out,â€ Maggie said.
â€œMyÂ biggest thing is putting smiles on the kidsâ€™ faces. I mean, whenever I can help cheer kidsâ€™ days up, especially one thatâ€™s going through things bigger than we face every day, itâ€™s unbelievable,â€ Jones said.
Jones and Maggie say they consider themselves best friends now and look forward to spending time together.