Portland Timbers and Thorns partner with Providence to bring blankets to newborns.

PHOTO COURTESY OF PROVIDENCE  - Newborns are greeted by local sports blankets at Providence. The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC, in partnership with Providence Health and Services, on Tuesday announced a program to present custom-designed, club-themed baby blankets to the family of every newborn baby born at a Providence hospital in Oregon for the remainder of the calendar year.  

"Welcoming a new baby is an incredibly exciting time for our patients," said Laurel Durham, regional director of perinatal services, Providence Health. "This is a wonderful gift to help families mark this special time in their lives."

Close to 10,000 babies are born in Providence hospitals in Oregon each year, and one in five babies in Oregon is born in a Providence hospital. Starting this month, each baby born at one of seven Providence hospitals across the state — in Portland, Hood River, Medford, Newberg, Seaside and Oregon City — will receive a soft fleece blanket that features a special Timbers and Thorns FC-themed design.

"We are proud to be able to offer the newest members of our community and their families a small gift from the Timbers and Thorns as they celebrate this momentous occasion together," said Mike Golub, president of business for the two clubs.

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