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Courtesy of Cheerful Givers After their game on June 16, Minnesota Twins players, Justin Morneau, Jamey Carroll, Jeff Gray, Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing, Chris Parmelee & PJ Walters were joined by their wives to assemble 211 birthday gift bags for less fortunate children. Prior to the event, wives purchased puzzles, books, yo yos, crayons, plush animals and assorted toys including plastic baseball bats and balls. Justin Morneau commented about how, if he were a kid, he would enjoy the toys in the bags, and Jamey Carroll talked about how, as a Dad, he felt it was important for parents to be able to recognize their childÕs birthday with a gift. Joe Mauer and his fiancŽe, Maddie Bisanz, also helped prepare all of the filled bags to be picked up by Second Harvest and distributed to food shelves throughout Minnesota for the Cheerful Givers nonprofit organization. During the last 18 years, Cheerful Givers has provided birthday gifts to more than half-a-million disadvantaged children. Their goal is to reach another 90,000 this year. To help or learn more, visit www.cheerfulgivers.org In this photo: Joe Mauer & fiancŽe, Maddie Bisanz

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