Sick Kids Get Unforgettable Visit From Santa's Elves
byKaitlin StanfordDec 10, 2013
Christmastime in the hospital isn't exactly how most kids want to spend their holiday season. No leaving milk and cookies out in the living room for Santa; or visiting the mall to see the big man himself with his elves...
But what if Santa and his elves came to you?
That's exactly what happened last week for the kids at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Ind. And these elves didn't just walk through the door—they full-on scaled the walls of the hospital, waving to the kids through glass and setting off some pretty big smiles.
"Many of our patients can’t be home for the holidays," explained Melissa Sexton, the special events coordinator at Riley at IU. "Our goal is to bring children every ounce of normalcy possible while hospitalized."
According to The Huffington Post, hospital rep Lindsay Lyon said Santa made a surprise visit, too, handing out one toy to each child. But, clearly, the elves stole the show. (Easy to see why.)
"They looked like they were bungee-jumping," one kid told WISHTV8. Another boy was so psyched about it, he woke up the next morning and immediately asked when the elves would be back.
The elves (who came from American National Skyline Inc.) were suspended from above and lowered themselves down 10 floors, mesmerizing kids all over the hospital.
Here are some of the best shots from the visit (which will be the most touching thing you've seen all week).