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DES MOINES, Iowa -- And after becoming one of the three managed care organizations for the state of Iowa, UnitedHealthcare decided to give back to the state's kids with a new initiative.

Local UnitedHealthcare employees came together Wednesday to hand out 1,000 care bags to kinds in Des Moines hospitals.

“We wanted to be able to bring something like this to them and distract them when they’re dealing with very complex healthcare conditions and challenges. We wanted to give them the opportunity to get their minds on something else fun,” said Kim Foltz, CEO of UnitedHealthcare.

It's all part of the company's Children's Foundation, which helps provide assistance to families with costs that insurance doesn't cover.

“The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation supports children who may have some needs that typical insurance may not cover, so things like hearing aids, co-pays. It’s that additional amount to help those children,”

Local employees helped assemble the "grins to go" bags full of toys, games and a custom stuffed animal, hoping to bring a smile to kids facing significant health challenges.

“If this brings a little bit of joy to that day, that hospital stay, takes their mind off of the situation, helps them focus on getting better, then that would be a really great thing,” said Austin Pittman, CEO at UnitedHealthCare.

Five-hundred bags were delivered to kids at Blank Children's Hospital and Mercy Children's Hospital. The remaining 500 bags will go to children at hospitals across the state.

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