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Here at Caitlin’s Smiles, we are witness to many incredible acts of giving. Whether it is through volunteering, donations or photos from children in the hospitals, people continue to amaze us with their acts of generosity. We will be sharing these experiences with all of you through our Monthly Smiles stories. So, please come back to visit this page for inspiring stories of giving that happen right here at Caitlin’s Smiles.

May 2019

Shiloh giggled as Harrisburg Senators infielder Bryan Mejia painted the bottom of her bare foot. A few minutes later, the new friends were laughing like old friends as Shiloh painted the palm of Bryan's hand. Their foot and hand would become imprints on their works of art.

Senators pitching coach Michael Tereja, a former major league pitcher, visited Shawn as the youngster painted.

When Shawn finished his masterpiece, Michael — now with dashes of red paint on his face — flipped him a baseball, and the two had a game of catch.

Suddenly, Michael called out to Senators manager Matt LeCroy, who was working nearby with Caitlin's Smiles artist Caitlyn, and told him to watch Shawn throw. LeCroy did watch. Then LeCroy boomed: "He's great! And he's a lefty, too! Get him signed!"

At another table, Ayden and his sister Zayla carefully planned their paintings with Senators outfielder Rhett Wiseman, who then worked with them, right down to their finishing touches.

It was two hours of fun at FNB Field on Saturday, May 4, as some of the Senators joined seven young Caitlin's Smiles artists in creating works of art that will be auctioned in "Art in the Park" during the Senators' doubleheader with the Reading Phillies on Sunday, May 26. The proceeds will go to Caitlin's Smiles, as will a portion of proceeds from ticket sales.

And the fun didn't stop when the paintings were finished on this Saturday. Later, Senators first baseman Ian, who spent the art session painting with young Mason, hit the game-tying home run as Harrisburg rallied to beat the Trenton Thunder, 6-5.

The kids weren't the only ones having fun.

"I love this," Mejia said as he wiped the paint from his hand. "I love kids. I love to spend my time with them. This is great."

Glen stood nearby and watched his son, Mason, forge a new friendship with Sagdal.

"Mason played baseball in the spring and fall," he said. "Coming here and doing this today makes him realize that he's a real baseball player."

For the Senators, it was all about the smiles.

"This is the least we can do for these kids," said LeCroy, who played seven years in the Major Leagues as a first baseman with the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers and later played for the Lancaster Barnstormers. "We help people and see people smile. That's what it's about. We have a unique job. We can reach a lot of people. We just want to help."