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Kell's annual ceiling sweep raises money for children's hospital

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

It was raining green at Kell's Irish Pub in downtown Portland, and it was all for a good cause.

Throughout the year, Kell's customers throw money at the pub's ceiling and with a little luck of the Irish, the money will stick.

On Tuesday, all that money came falling down during the annual ceiling sweep. The money will benefit the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center.

The center provides 24-hour care for children with profound disabilities and complex medical needs.

After Tuesday's sweep, Kell's matched the donation total as always, for a total of more than $13,600.

One of the mom's there told FOX 12 her daughter has been at the center for more than three years and they're grateful for all of the community support.

"You really realize how much the community makes a difference, and that you need that support system to be not only an advocate for them, but just to be a family for them, just day to day things. Having that support of the community and the people that accept your child right where they are even with limitations or disabilities is amazing," said Korine Suess.

"When the rain comes down, the dollar bills come off the ceiling and we get to give it over to Providence and see what it does for the children and it's very rewarding," said Kell's Irish Pub owner Gerard McAleese

In the 21 years since Kell's began this tradition, they have now raised more than $278,000.

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