"It has always been a dream of Kevin’s to bring his charitable efforts back to his home town of Cincinnati. In 2010, with the help of his family, Kevin established a relationship with Josh Cares, which provides companionship and comfort to children who are hospitalized at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Fellows employed by Josh Cares serve as surrogates for the families who cannot be, for one reason or another, by their child’s side. These surrogates provide a familiar face to help fill the children’s lonely hours, to read them stories until they fall asleep, to play games with them and to hold their hands during painful procedures. Kevin recalls being rushed to the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati when his appendix burst and most vividly remembers the kind and caring people who helped him while he was at the hospital. Because of this, Kevin knew that he wanted to help Josh Cares in their endeavor to provide surrogates to hospitalized children. On December 3, 2010 Youk’s Kids traveled to Cincinnati to kick off the first annual Being There for Josh Cares event which generated $60,000.00 to provide for the annual salaries of the surrogates who comfort and watch over these children. Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis, dedicated to rallying local and corporate support for charities and organizations focused on the health and wellbeing of children. Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids teams up with existing community-based children’s charities and medical research programs in New England and in Kevin’s home town of Cincinnati, to help them raise money and awareness."