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March 22, 2017

La Roche College Students Present Check to Ronald McDonald House

La Roche students presenting check to Ronald McDonald HousePITTSBURGH, March 22, 2017 – On March 21 a group of La Roche University students donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh.

Founder of Cuddles for Kids and sophomore Conner Hagins said, “As Director of Community Service for La Roche's Student Government Association, this was right up my alley. I wanted to do more to help an agency that does so much good for others.”

Mr. Hagins teamed with junior Brooke Audino and sophomore Téa Miksch to present $700 in checks, and hundreds of hygiene products and toys to the Ronald McDonald House.

The Student Government Association (SGA) fundraised $350 by selling limited edition La Roche T-shirts. The group also placed collection bins around campus for students to donate items such as tooth brushes, deodorant, shampoo, razors and toys. Cuddles for Kids matched the money raised through T-shirt sales.

“Many families arrive at the Ronald McDonald House with barely anything and do not know how long they will stay,” Mr. Hagins said.

Cuddles for Kids and SGA donated the money and items in honor of Steelers Linebacker Arthur Moats and his wife, Shonda, who attended the check presentation. Mr. Moats will visit the University for a private event in April.

In 2006 Mr. Hagins created Cuddles for Kids. The nonprofit has since donated more than 107,000 items or roughly $500,000 worth of goods to children’s agencies around the world. The organization has sent toys to Haiti, to those living in Mexican orphanages and even had local soldiers transport toys to children in Afghanistan.

For further information contact Conner Hagins at or 814-243-7091. Visit to learn more about Cuddles for Kids.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.