The Wollongong Hawks have been out and about demonstrating their connection to the community this week, bringing some Christmas spirit to sick children.
Three-year-old Glenn Garnett, from Huskisson, scored a slam dunk during his stay at Wollongong Hospital with a visit from Oscar Forman and Lance Hurdle.
Hawks mascot Moe made a guest appearance, helping the players distribute gifts.
Hawks players also gave blood yesterday in support of a national Australian Red Cross Blood Service appeal.
The Red Cross needs more blood to cover demand over the Christmas period and Hawk Glen Saville wants the team’s fans to do the same.
‘‘Our boys are doing their part by donating blood in a bid to help the blood service boost supplies during the Christmas and New Year period,’’ he said.
‘‘We encourage all our fans and supporters to roll up their sleeves and give blood.’’
Blood Service spokeswoman Melanie Haskew said one in three people will need blood or blood products in their life but only one in 30 Australians donate.
‘‘Right now we are all relying on too few Australians to keep the blood supplies flowing. It only takes an hour of your time and your donation will help save up to three lives,’’ she said.
The players will also be meeting fans on Saturday at Westfield Figtree from 2pm to 3pm and Westfield Warrawong from 3.30pm until 4.30pm.