Santa visits Children's Hospital in Shreveport

By Tracy Clemons – bio|e-mail

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- Santa brought some good cheer and bags and bags of gifts for the young patients at Sutton Children's Hospital in Shreveport, and their siblings.

"This was awesome. We never imagined this. It's awesome," says Danielle Thomisee.

Her daughter, Amber, has been in Sutton since Tuesday- "She got everything she asked for."

Christmas was day three in Sutton for Jambrea Jones' son Adrian. He was a little leery of Santa at first, but his sister was all smiles.

"I just think it's just really awesome that Santa was able to take time out of his schedule to come up here and give gifts to all the kids," Jones says.

"It stinks to be in the hospital, let's be honest. Everybody would much rather be home any time of year...but at Christmas it's really tough," shares Child Life Specialist Amy Heron.

Heron says they bring Santa in for this stop to help the youngsters and their families cope.

"Instead of them having that unfortunate experience and memory of being in the hospital, they can say 'But I got to see Santa.'"

Jambrea Jones says he definitely made this Christmas easier, and a lot more festive.

Gifts were either generously donated by individuals and local businesses or purchased by Sutton's child life specialists using funds that were donated specifically for this visit from Santa.

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