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Red-Vested Rockstar: Jim Hanggi

James HanggiWhy he rocks: “I volunteer because first and foremost I love kids. As a Type 1 Diabetic, I was initially drawn to volunteer with kids at Camp Needlepoint last summer. Ever since then, I realized I wanted to volunteer more with kids and Children’s is a great place to do so. I get so much out of volunteering each week, just being with them and seeing that they’re having a good time when I’m around makes it all worthwhile.

In my daily life I work in sales.  It can be a grind but I truly enjoy what I do. On days where things don’t go so well, volunteering at Children’s helps put things back into perspective!”

Favorite thing to do outside of volunteering? “I love sports so this time of year is really busy (between hockey, kickball, football, golf, and softball!) I enjoy the competition and staying active.  Living in Minneapolis there is always something fun going on around me. I love festivals and social gatherings! I also have a passion for traveling. Getting to every National Park is on the life bucket list.”

Do you have any kids or pets of your own? “Hopefully someday  But I do have a tomato plant right now if that counts as a pet?”

If you could create a new candy bar, what would be in it and what would you name it? “A candy bar with toffee and coconut would be the best candy bar ever. If it had white chocolate that would be even better. Maybe name it ‘Toffcoco’?  I’m not in marketing, ha!”
Share a favorite volunteer experience or story: “There have been so many great experiences volunteering it’s hard to narrow it down to one particular instance.  However, a recent memorable experience would be opening a bunch of football cards with a young male patient.  He was so excited when he got Vikings and pushed the Packer cards off to the side.  We talked about how awesome the Vikings are, and how we hope they beat the Packers.  It reminded me of when I was kid collecting sports cards.  The look on his face when he opened a Teddy Bridgewater card was awesome and we gave each other a high-five.”

Ingrid Arnold