People Are Awesome: Winnie the Pooh Calls Hospitalized Kids to Lift Their Spirits People Are Awesome: Winnie the Pooh Calls Hospitalized Kids to Lift Their Spirits
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People Are Awesome: Winnie the Pooh Calls Hospitalized Kids to Lift Their Spirits

by Yasha Wallin

July 19, 2013


If you're anything like I was as a kid, you were obsessed with Winnie the Pooh—and Tigger too. In fact, the lovable cartoon character captivated much of my childhood. So if I had received a phone call from Pooh himself as a young girl, I might have freaked out. That's exactly what Jim Cummings, the voice of Pooh and Tigger does for little girls and boys, through Famous Fone Friends and Make a Wish Foundation.


Another child, a boy with autism, also got a call from Cummings. "He asked me to do all the voices, even small parts that I had done—extraneous characters. Then his mother, crying, got on the phone and said, 'He doesn't speak.' I said, 'He's been speaking for over an hour.' And she said, 'No, my son doesn't speak—he's never spoken this much before.' I videotaped this for his doctor."

Cummings, a father of four himself, is sympathetic to what these ailing children must be going through, and thinks of communicating with them as an honor. "Just bringing a respite, however brief, and perhaps a smile and giggle or two, means so much to the child and their family. I consider it a true blessing to be able to do that.”

Add to this a little honey, and it may be one of the sweeter stories I've heard.

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Images courtesy of Disney

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