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Florida Panthers Spread Holiday Cheer

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

Players, Ice Dancers and staff visit local area hospitals and deliver Chirstmas trees to Harmony Village

The Florida Panthers were out in force in the South Florida community on Monday as they visited four area hospitals in the afternoon and then donated Christmas trees to Harmony Village, a Habitat for Humanity community, during the evening.

Panthers players, Ice Dancers and staff visited patients and staff at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Chris Evert Children's Hospital at Broward General, Westside Regional Medical Center and Holy Cross Hospital on Monday, December 11. Armed with goody bags, players and Ice Dancers brought gifts for the children and happily posed for pictures and signed autographs for patients and staff at each hospital.

Monday evening, Mike Van Ryn, Ric Jackman and Gregory Campbell delivered Christmas trees to Harmony Village, a Habitat for Humanity community. All trees were donated by Florida Panthers players, coaches and staff members. Mike Van Ryn and his wife Amber came up with the idea to donate trees to families in need this holiday season and made sure that each family received a stocking full of holiday essentials including lights and decorations for the tree and wrapping paper.

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