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Vance McDonald, Kassim Osgood among players spending time at children's hospital

Vance McDonald on Instagram

The NFL has had plenty of ugly news in recent weeks. It is easy to focus in on the bad news, but most of the guys suiting up every Sunday are stand-up citizens who do a lot of good things. There are numerous players doing good work in the community, but not getting much recognition. I don't cover enough of it, but once in a while I like being able to point out some fun activities members of the 49ers are participating in.

Recently, several 49ers volunteered with a program called Capes 4 Heroes. This program creates personalized superhero capes for kids dealing with anything from life threatening illnesses, to disabilities, to specific life struggles. It might seem a little cheesy to some, but when kids are going through serious situations, being able to have fun and still be a kid can be a big help. It might not be a cure or medicine for what is ailing them, but it can at least help them enjoy life a little more.

Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Kassim Osgood, Mike Purcell, John Fullington, and Fouimalo Fonoti were among a group of 49ers who went to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to present some capes, and have fun with the kids. Here are some pictures:

Also, here are a couple pictures from earlier in the week during another community event: