A gift from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford will add the San Diego Zoo‘s television programming to every room in the Ronald McDonald House in Kearny Mesa.

The announcement was made Friday at the facility located across from Rady Children’s Hospital. Children staying at the house were in attendance and later treated to time with animals.

The channel features video from the zoo’s famous Panda Cam as well as other live, online cameras, fun and educational pieces about a variety of animals and up-close video encounters of popular animals with the zoo’s national spokesperson, Rick Schwartz.

Douglas G. Myers, the CEO of San Diego Zoo Global, said medical experts believe animals help hospitalized children in the healing process.

“There’s something that happens when you bring people and animals together. It’s beyond education and entertainment,” he said.

Charles E. Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, said he hoped that all 335 Ronald McDonald Houses across the country would add the zoo channel, which was introduced last December at Rady.

The Ronald McDonald House in San Diego has 47 family suites where children and their families can stay during treatment at Rady and other local hospitals.

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.

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