NEW YORK #Santa Visits Sick Children At Hard Rock Cafe In Times Square

#AceWorldNews – Dec.14: Christmas arrived early for dozens of sick children, with a special visit from Santa meant to lift their spirits during the holiday season.

Santa Claus greeted around 25 patients from St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital at a at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Sunday.

The children suffer from a variety of complex medical conditions, and recieve specialized medical care and rehabilitation for their long-term illnesses.

It makes me feel happy, excited,” patient Joshua, 16, told CBS2’s Ilana Gold.

Nurses and therapists from the Bayside, Queens hospital also joined in on the fun.

It’s an incredible opportunity for our kids to get out of the hospital, to get out of the rigors of being cared for and just get into a fun, festive environment and just be a kid. They really deserve it,” Leslie Johnson, of St. Mary’s, said.

The children also had an opportunity to spend time together, becoming friends and sharing support.

It feels exciting because you get to hang out with all of your friends like people that have other disabilities,” Joshua said.

Hard Rock Cafe donated the space and the food for the event.


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U Of I Students Sing #Christmas #Carols For Callers From Around The World

#AceWorldNews – Dec.14If the weather isn’t helping put you in the Christmas spirit, there’s a phone line at the University of Illinois that might, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

Dial-a-Carol has been around for more than a half-century. Students at Snyder Hall have taken more than 7,000 calls for Christmas Carols since Thursday, when this year’s program began, breaking the previous record.

In between studying for finals and celebrating the end of the first semester, students sing carols to people who call in from all over the world. Callers have until midnight Thursday to make a request.
The phone number is (217) 332-1882.

For more information on the University of Illinois’ Dial-a-Carol program, visit http://www.housing.illinois.edu/ or visit their Facebook page.


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