Monday, February 4, 2013

Your feel-good story of the day: The voice of Winnie the Pooh calls sick kids in hospitals

From TLC's Ultimate Guide to Winnie the Pooh:

Lending Their Voices

Cummings doesn't just use his practiced Pooh and Tigger voices for the big and small screen -- he also lends his voice to the Make-a-Wish-Foundation when he calls sick children in hospitals.
"One child that I called was dying of cancer," he says. "Pooh called her, and she started to giggle. Her mother was in tears, just crying. She said that was the first time her daughter had smiled in six months."
Cummings recalls another child whom he spoke to, a little boy with autism: "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."

Props to Jim Cummings, the current voice of Pooh, and the Make a Wish Foundation for this.

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