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12/18/2013 6:47 P.M. ET

Astros deliver holiday gifts to Ronald McDonald House Houston

Astros players, Orbit and front office staff participated in heart-warming event

HOUSTON, TX - Houston Astros players, including pitchers Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer and Josh Zeid, mascot Orbit and members of the Astros Front Office staff delivered holiday gifts to the children and families at the Ronald McDonald House Houston earlier this afternoon. Many of the children, who are struggling with cancer and other life threatening illnesses, received special gifts selected just for them.

"This is a time of year when everyone is thinking about their friends and family and wishing people good health and happiness," said Astros Vice President of Community Relations Meg Vaillancourt. "For the Astros, it's a humbling gift to be at the Ronald McDonald House, where children and their families are facing life-challenging illnesses. It's really a gift for us to be here and share with them a little bit of the joy of the season."

In addition to the gifts, the Astros also contributed to the organization's "Santa Store." The Santa Store at Ronald McDonald House Houston allows families the opportunity to "shop" and select gifts for their family members for free. Many family members find it difficult to shop for holiday gifts while staying at the Ronald McDonald House and caring for a child undergoing treatment for significant medical issues.

The Ronald McDonald House Houston, which is located at 1907 Holcombe Blvd., offers a home away from home, providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions.

For more information on the Santa Store at the Ronald McDonald House Houston, call 713-795-3594 or visit www.rmhhouston.org

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