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Maine State Troopers know how lonely being in the hospital can be, especially for kids. The children at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center say they really miss talking with their friends. Many of them live far from Portland, so hospital visits are hard to come by.
State troopers want to help keep them connected. That is why troopers are raising money to buy laptops for every bed at the hospital. Each child would be able to chat with their friends on line, surf the web, keep up with their homework, and even watch movies, in the comfort of their room.
Maine State Troopers have been delivering presents to the children on the wing every Christmas for the last ten years. They also bring gifts to the hospital itself. These items stay in the children's wing so that the kids can use them during their stay.
In the past troopers have delivered big screen TV's, video games, and toys. They have also provided money for medical equipment.
This year, in addition to the laptops, they hope to provide a Bladder Scanner. Right now nurses have to go to a different department within the hopital to borrow one, and they make that trip 4 or 5 times a day.
To raise money the troopers are holding a basketball tournament called Hoops for Hope. The troopers take on members of the media at 2:30pm on Saturday at the Windham High School gym. Cindy Williams and Lee Nelson will represent NEWS CENTER 6. That is followed by a six game high school basketball tournament. Tickets are $5 at the door. There will be door prizes and a raffle. All proceeds benefit the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center.
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