COLLECTING DATA AS WELL.>>>ALL RIGHT. WELL, A LOT OF PEOPLE, A LOT OF YOU ALL OUT THERE MAY BE SHOPPED OUT TODAY AFTER THIS WEEKEND BUSY BLACK FRIDAY, WE HAD SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, AND CYBER MONEY.>>THE TREND CATCHING ON IS GIVING TUESDAY. IT’S ABOUT THINKING OF OTHERS AND HOW TO HELP THEM. MEREDITH IS LIVE IN RILEY HOSPITAL THIS MORNING TO TELL US MORE. HEY, MEREDITH.>>Reporter: HEY, YOU GUYS. YEAH, IT’S A PERFECT ORGANIZATION IF LOOKING TO GIVE FOR GIVING TUESDAY. I UNDERSTAND THE WALLET EXHAUSTION. I FEEL IT. WE HAD SO MANY SPENDING DAYS IN A ROW. GIVING TUESDAY, ARGUABLY, THE MOST IMPORTANT HOLIDAY. THEY ARE TRYING TO RAISE $150,000, AND I’M HERE WITH THE COO HERE AT RILEY. TALK ABOUT THE THINGS YOU ARE TRYING TO DO TODAY.>>IT’S PRETTY AMAZING. AMOUNT OF MONEY RAISED EVERY YEAR GOES DIRECTLY TO HELP PATIENTS AND FAMILIES. LAST NIGHT, 272 FAMILIES SPENT THE NIGHT HERE IN THE HOSPITAL, AND THEN THE ER YESTERDAY, THE ONLY LEVEL ONE IN THE STATE, WE SAW 180 KIDS. THEY COULDN’T GET CARE ANYWHERE ELSE BECAUSE WE ARE THE ONLY COMPREHENSIVE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.>>Reporter: TALK ABOUT THIS, 18 HOURS TO TRY TO RAISE $150,000. I CHECKED THE BOARD EARLIER. YOU’RE AT 6,450. WHAT’S THE GOAL MEAN TO YOU GUYS?>>WELL, IT HELPS US CLOSE OUT THE YEAR TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS IN CANCER, TO MAKE SURE EVERY CHILD HERE CAN SEE A CHILD LIFE THERAPIST TO ADJUST TO THEIR ILLNESS, AND WE CAN DO LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH HAPPENING ONLY HERE AT RILEY.>>Reporter: SOME FEEL SPENT OUT AFTER ALL THE SPENDING HOLIDAYS, I SAY, GIVE YOUR SALES PITCH TO GIVE TODAY.>>RIGHT. RILEY IS THE JEWEL OF THE STATE. AS THE ONLY COMPREHENSIVE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, WE PROVIDE SERVICES THAT NOBODY ELSE CAN. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THE COMMUNITY GET BEHIND THIS AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS GREAT WORK. TO BOOT, YOUR DOLLARS ARE GOING TO BE DOUBLED TODAY. WE HAVE A LOT OF CORPORATE DONORS HELPING US WITH MATCHING FUNDS SO YOUR DOLLARS WILL DOUBLE, AND THAT TRULY MAKES A BIGGER DIFFERENCE.>>Reporter: YOU SPENT TWO DECADES WORKING FOR RILEY. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS AND HOW PASSIONATE ARE YOU?>>WHEN I MOVED HERE FROM CHICAGO I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT INDIANA OR RILEY, BUT HERE I AM, 18 YEARS LATER, AND YOU HAVE TO PRY ME AWAY. IT GETS IN YOUR BLOOD AND YOUR SOUL, AND THAT’S WHY I’M HERE.>>Reporter: WONDERFUL. GIVING TUESDAY, $150,000 IS THE GOAL, $6,450. WE HAVE A WAYS TO GO. IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS, GIVE TODAY.>>WE WERE AT THE LUNCHEON A WEEK OR SO AGO, AND YOU HEAR THE STORIES OF THE FAMILIES IMPACTED

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