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Making Christmas magic: Santa visits children in the hospital

12-27-2016
By Allison Drennan adrennan@gastongazette.com

The magic of Christmas came early to the newly opened Albert G. Myers Pediatric Care Center at CaroMont Regional Medical Center last week. Santa and Mrs. Claus took a break from the hustle and bustle at the North Pole on Tuesday to visit with six patients in the Pediatric Care Center in Gastonia.

As part of a 12-year tradition, the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and CaroMont Health teamed up together to provide stuffed puppies for hospital patients. The effort is part of the Puppies for Patients program, where CBCC donors who give blood during November and December sign a gift tag that is attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Santa and Mrs. Claus had some help from a Christmas elf and a winter fairy, too.

As you could guess, the hospital is not an ideal place to spend the holidays, but the staff at CaroMont is making sure that the kids get to celebrate the holiday just like any other child on Christmas. And having Santa on-hand to greet patients doesn't hurt, either.

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