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Covington, Sawyer Brown, Love And Theft bring the cheer

Monday, November 30, 2009 – Bucky Covington, Sawyer Brown and Love And Theft all joined together to bring a little extra pre-holiday cheer to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville last week with a surprise guitar pull. The performance included a mix of favorite Christmas carols and country hits. Many of the children jumped in and played toy drums, tambourines and maracas along to the music. After the show, all of the performers visited with the children, their families and hospital employees.

"Seeing all of the children's faces light up was an early Christmas gift me," said Covington. "All of these children are going through trying times and have long days. I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to give them a nice break in the day and bring a little holiday cheer."

The participants then went to the Ronald McDonald House, a non-profit organization that provides essential resources and a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving inpatient or outpatient medical care at Nashville area hospitals. Together they prepared and served up a special birthday lunch for one of the young children currently undergoing treatment at Vanderbilt. Covington, members of Sawyer Brown and Love And Theft donned birthday party hats, played balloon toss and got everyone singing Happy Birthday.

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