Patients at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital celebrated their annual Christmas party in the hospital’s new patient bed tower. The main conference room was transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with arts and crafts, Christmas carols, hot chocolate station, and the opportunity to tell Santa their wish list over videoconference to the North Pole.
As the patients were videoconferencing with Santa Claus, his elves were at a local Target purchasing gifts for the patients and bringing them back to be wrapped and ready for delivery. “I loved that HoganTaylor was invited to do something so special for The Children’s Center. We enjoy buying gifts from the Wish List every year, but this meant so much more to us. Personally, I was moved to tears several times. We know when we donate to The Children’s Center that it is going for a cause that we, as a close-knit team, feel proud to stand behind. That being said, this was the first time we actually got to witness first-hand the joy hat our contributions can bring to the children. It was more touching and more moving and more powerful than we could have ever imagined! There were tears of joy everywhere: the kids, their families, your amazing staff,” said Paige Buxton Graham, HoganTaylor.
As the patients finished their videoconference with Santa Claus, students from Carl Albert High School and members of the local media were on hand to do arts and crafts and sing Christmas songs with them. “It was such an eye-opening experience to see how happy the kids were when they opened their gifts. You could tell in that moment that they forgot they were in the hospital,” said Emily Hairston, student at Carl Albert High School.
As the party was ending, the patients were given one last surprise as Santa himself delivered their presents they asked for earlier. “I was surprised when Santa Claus came in and gave me all the presents I asked for, said Kandace, a patient at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.
No one should have to spend Christmas in the hospital, so the staff at the Hospital wants to ensure its patients receive the best Christmas possible. “Bringing normalcy into the lives of patients in a hospital setting is so important, especially during the Christmas season. No one wants to be in the hospital during Christmas. The party brought joy and cheer into their lives, enough to last for weeks to come. Seeing the expressions on their faces as they unwrapped their gifts is something I will never forget,” said Amy Coldren, manager of volunteer services at the Hospital.
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