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Musial delivered message of hope to children

10:35 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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By Anne Allred

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Stan Musial's charity worked spanned decades in St. Louis, but his soft spot was children.

He raised more than $4 million for Covenant House in North St. Louis. It houses homeless kids ages 16-21, sometimes for a few days and other times for a few years depending on their needs.

Musial started fundraising for the charity at its inception in 1998. They started off with a golf tournament, which turned into an annual gala five years ago. One of the children helped by Musial's philanthropy was Mikelle Collins.

"I just felt kinda threatened and I just really didn't want to be in an environment where I didn't really feel safe," said Collins.

Collins was 17-years-old when he came to Covenant House five years ago. He was homeless, a senior in high school, and working two jobs. Covenant House put a roof over his head for three years while he got on his feet.

He had a chance to meet Musial before he died and thank him for his contributions to the organization.

"You can really never stop treasuring those types of people," he said.

Earlier in Musial's life he also provided hope for hundreds of children at Shriner's Hospital off Lindbergh Road in West St. Louis County.

"He would pop in at times and we would gather all the kids quickly in the auditorium," said former nurse, Carolyn Golden.

Musial would play his harmonica and sign autographs on a regular basis. He kept up those visits to Shriner's for decades and it was a Shriner that taught Musial how to play the harmonica.

"He was just so warm in how he approached people," said Golden.

KSDK

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