Girardi, Cano Among Those On Hand To Praise Rome, N.Y. Girl

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Yankees HOPE Week continued Tuesday, with skipper Joe Girardi, all-star second baseman Robinson Cano and other players honoring an upstate New York girl for her project to help those undergoing medical procedures.

Autumn Blinn, 10, of Rome, N.Y. got the surprise of her life when a bunch of Bronx Bombers turned out to honor her.

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Blinn launched her project “Pillows Of Love” out of necessity.

“It all started from when my grandpa had to go to dialysis and he had to have a pillow to rest his arm on,” Blinn told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

Autumn Blinn, honored during Yankees HOPE Week (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Autumn Blinn, honored during Yankees HOPE Week (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

So far, Blinn said she’s made more than 300 pillows.

“She’s a special girl and her pillows go around the country,” Girardi said.

The manager and some of his players helped Autumn hand out the colorful pillows to patients at the Ronald McDonald House on the Upper East Side on Tuesday.

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“I think it’s amazing that a girl that’s 10 years old understands the idea of giving people hope and doing something special and giving back,” Girardi told Diamond.

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Autumn said as long as there’s a need, she’ll keep making the pillows.

“I do this so people feel loved and less painful,” she told Diamond.

HOPE Week – or, Helping Others Persevere and Excel Week – honors people or groups in the community who’ve gone above and beyond in helping others.

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