A Santa’s workshop helps makes holidays easier for young patients and their families

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For many of the young patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital, the holiday will be spent at the hospital. But a makeshift Santa’s workshop – designed for parents unable to leave the bedside – delivers a little joy this Christmas.

Just steps from the crowds shopping along Michigan Avenue, there’s a pop up winter wonderland on the hospital’s 11th floor. The room is overflowing with toys -– all donated, and all free for the taking. Just how many is anybody’s guess.

Not many parents expect to spend the holidays in the hospital with a sick child … and that’s why the winter wonderland has provided some unexpected relief.

About 175 families visited the workshop this week. Any leftover toys will be distributed throughout the hospital for kids to enjoy all year round.


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