Patients at Miller Children’s Hospital Surprised by Special Visit From Santa
2013-12-10 · By Editor
Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach kicked-off its holiday season with a special visit from Santa on Friday, Dec.6. Still dressed in their pajamas, young patients who were too sick to leave their rooms were surprised to see Santa and Mrs. Claus as they made their way to patient’s bedsides delivering their first gifts of the season.
After making his way through each pediatric unit, Santa entered a giant speaker’s forum that was specially transformed into his “workshop,” where dozens of other patients were waiting to greet him.
“For many of our patients, being in the hospital means they’re missing holiday activities that they would normally participate in at school or in their communities,” says Rita Goshert, manager, Child Life Program. “Each year, we try to bring that holiday spirit to them through our “Santa’s Workshop.”
Patients and families lined up to take photos with Santa and share their Christmas wish lists. Each patient, and even their siblings, received a present from Santa. Many of the toys were donated by the events major sponsor Turner Construction – the same company that built the Miller Children’s Pavilion.
Year after year, Turner Construction, along with numerous local businesses and organizations, donate their time and money to make “Santa’s Workshop” come alive. The rest of the forum is filled with crafts and holiday activities from organizations such as the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Rossmoor Pastries, the Signal Hill Police Department and more.