SPOKANE, WA - Don't be surprised if you see the world's only Spokaneasuarous, OTTO the Mascot, and Spokane Indians players cruising through Spokane in the Premera Blue Cross Care-A-Van to visit children at local hospitals. The Care-A-Van will make its second stop of the year today, August 27th, at Shriners Hospital starting at 10:00 a.m.
"It's a great feeling to be able to make a difference in young people's lives," said Indians Senior Vice President Otto Klein. "It's part of our commitment to the community and we love the reaction on the kids' faces."
Not only will the children get to meet and visit with Indians players, but they also receive a Care-A-Van Backpack full of cool Spokane Indians items courtesy of Premera Blue Cross. Later that day, the Indians will host the Premera Care-A-Van Social at Avista Stadium starting at 4 p.m. The social is designed for former Shriners Hospital patients who have now recovered and are living in the area. Invitations for this event were sent out by Shriners Hospital earlier this month.
The Premera Care-A-Van made its first stop earlier this season at Sacred Heart Hospital. The Spokane Indians and Premera Blue Cross have partnered up for over 10 years to bring smiles to the faces of local children.