Shriners Hospitals for Children
Santa and Mrs. Claus have been visiting the kids here at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Chicago for the last few years. We get so excited for their visit. They make sure all the kids are seen in our outpatient clinic to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Santa and Mrs. Claus are the real deal.
Santa is so patient and takes the time to listen to the kids share their stories and what they wish for Christmas. He has a way to communicating with our patients no matter their background, their age, or their interests. He can spontaneously have a conversation with ease and can even answer their questions about the elf on a shelf. Santa has a myriad of knowledge as he has proven he can relate to any child at any age.
When you look at Santa, you believe. The authenticity is remarkable. The kids AND adults stand in amazement and take a double take as if they are saying to themselves “Do you see what I see”? As a children’s hospital we get many characters visit during the holidays. Many of our teen patients are not interested in approaching them at all. THIS Santa however is different and ALL of our patients whether 2 or 21 enjoy talking with him and invite them in. He has the ability to touch the hearts of so many with his warmth and caring nature.
I highly recommend Robert for your holiday events. He is authentic and has a heart of gold. You will not be disappointed.
Darlene Kelly, CTRS
Director Recreation Therapy/.Child Life Department
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Chicago