SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Children spending the holiday in the hospital got a fun surprise today. UMass athletes made their annual trip to Shriners Hospital for Children, passing out toys to the kids. The trolleys they pulled looked a little like Santa's sleigh. UMass student-athletes Sean Carter, Rachel Miranda, Lindsey Diorio, Stu Amick, Katie Bettencourt, Samantha Schnoerr and Nazy Kerr were all on hand to distribute more than 330 toys that were donated by fans at UMass games.
Athletes from several different UMass teams helped give hundreds of toys away. Basketball player, Sean Carter, says it's important to brighten the kids' day.
"These kids enjoy it. There's some things in life they really don't get a chance to do so it helps them know that people care about them," he says.
UMass collected the toys at Minutemen basketball and hockey games. Doctors and trainers from UMass' athletic department donated money to give Shriners Hospital for Children a red Wiii this year.