WATCH: Foreigner's Tom Gimbel spends time with kids at Shriners

The band has been involved with Shriners for more than 10 years.

June 26, 2019 - 12:43 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Foreigner band member Tom Gimbel spent a few hours at Shriners Hospitals for Children before going on stage Tuesday night.

Gimbel met with more than 40 families and patients and played chess and games with the kids. While at the hospital, patients surprised Gimbel with a guitar strap signed by them.

Early this year, Foreigner donated its No. 1 hit song, “I Want to Know What Love Is” to Shriners Hospitals for Children and created a music video featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children patients. The release became available to download on Google Play and iTunes and has received more than 26.4 million video views and more than $80,000 in donations.

Some local patients involved in that video were at the hospital during Gimbel’s visit and were at last night's concert. Shriners Hospitals for Children patient, Mia Williams, performed “I Want to Know What Love Is” at the concert with her high school choir. 

Gimbel said the band has been involved with the hospital for more than 10 years.

“It’s just such a pleasure to visit Shriners Hospitals for Children while we’re here,” Gimbel said in a news release. “My goal is to do my best to sprinkle a little sunshine on these kids’ days. Of course, these kids are great, and they end up making my day better too. We got to play chess and I lost, but it’s always fun to visit with them.”

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