PHOENIX- Just call him the Rock and Roll Santa!
Valley resident and rocker Bret Michaels is spending part of his holiday season giving back to the community.
3TV’s Scott Pasmore caught up with Michaels today as he dropped off a load of donated toys and gifts at Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
“I’ve got toys,” he says. “I’m like Bret Claus.”
Michaels, a diabetic since age six, founded the charity “Life Rocks”. He held a concert last week to raise money and bring in donations for kids at hospitals all around the Valley.
“As a diabetic my whole life, I did a lot of stuff as a humanitarian, as a kid, you know, just going and helping people, and I sort of pay that forward to my kids. But I love doing this.”
Saint Joseph’s Hospital holds a special place in the rocker’s heart. It's the same facility where Michaels was treated for a brain hemorrhage in April 2010. He was also treated at the hospital earlier this year for a procedure to fix a hole in his heart.
Michaels says it means everything to him to be able to help kids who find themselves in the hospital especially this time of year.
“I realize people say, ‘Just cut a check,’ but sometimes being able to deliver to and do stuff like that, well, that’s a great day,” Michaels tells us.
Inside the hospital, Michaels also made a stop upstairs in a special room: The Bret Michaels Hospitality and Music Room. It’s a space filled with guitars, music memorabilia, and comfy couches and beanbags.
“I love this room”, he says. “I spent so much time here at this hospital when I went through the brain hemorrhage and the surgery her e, and then the heart surgery. I got to make great friends here. “
Visitors agree that the room is a great addition to the hospital. “I’ve come in and lain down,” one visitor tells us.” I’ve come in and kids are in the beanbags.”
Michaels hopes to deliver lots of toys and good will to children in valley hospitals this week.
He says Christmas is one of his favorite holidays, and he plans to spend plenty of time with his family. But Michaels says he and his two daughters will be out on Christmas day, spreading some cheer to young patients.