SEATTLE (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Sailors of the Year and Sailors of the Quarter visited the Children's Hospital of Seattle Aug. 11 to deliver gifts to more than 100 children and families.
Sailors presented sick children with Lincoln command baseball caps and gave them certificates designating them "honorary crew members."
"The Sailors brought smiles and excitement to the kids. It brightened their spirits and took their minds off their illnesses, if just for a few hours. They felt very special to receive real Navy hats and certificates making them honorary Sailors. We also gave them photographs of the ship, patches and coins." said Cmdr. Michael Barber, said Lincoln's chaplain.
The kids were certainly excited to see Lincoln Sailors, but it may have been the Sailors who felt the greatest impact from the visit.
"We felt honored to be invited into the children's playroom, where we met a number of sick children. It made us feel good to bring some joy to these kids' lives. One young boy said Lincoln looked even better than the ship on 'Transformers,'" said Barber.
Crew members gave away 42 baseball caps to children too ill to walk during their visit. They also gave photos and patches to the brothers and sisters of the sick children. Whether the child was in minor or critical condition, staying for a day or an extended period, parents and children both seemed to enjoy the company Lincoln Sailors provided.
"A number of parents thanked the Sailors for serving as we left," said Barber.
Caps for Kids is a Navy Office of Community Outreach program that provides baseball caps to sick children in hospitals throughout the nation.
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