updated 4/13/2011 11:17:56 AM ET 2011-04-13T15:17:56

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., April 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Employee volunteers from Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Navigation Systems Division recently delivered quilts and pillows decorated with inspirational messages to children at Northridge Hospital. The outreach effort was coordinated through Soaringwords, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting ill children and their families to a community of compassionate and caring volunteers.

Northrop Grumman employee volunteers decorated quilts and pillows with inspirational messages for children at Northridge Hospital. Pictured from left to right: Lynn Withrow, Christine Hansen, Brittany Reynolds, Kendra Heitman and Pam Pinkham.

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The quilts and pillows, supplied by Soaringwords, were individually decorated by Northrop Grumman employee volunteers with messages and illustrations meant to inspire children suffering from chronic or serious illness. On March 18, volunteers from the company delivered the quilts and pillows to children at Northridge Hospital to show their support for the children and their families.

"Helping hospitalized children feel supported and cared for by the community around them is what Soaringwords is all about," said Lisa Honig Buksbaum, CEO and founder of Soaringwords. "Volunteers from local companies like Northrop Grumman help encourage the children to remain optimistic about their conditions, which is important to their healing."

"Northrop Grumman values community outreach and continues to seek out new ways to support our neighbors," said Liz Iversen, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "Working with Soaringwords to show these children that we care has been inspirational for everyone involved."

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company whose 75,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT: Gina Piellusch
         (818) 715-2285

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