SPOKANE, Wash. — Santa is so busy this time of year but he made some time for the patients at Spokane's Shriners Hospital for Children Tuesday.
Old Saint Nick virtually visited the hospital to check in with the kids that made his nice list and it was all about bringing some Christmas cheer to the patients and their families.
He was live on video chat from the North Pole. They used the same technology that doctors use to speak with patients who are too far to go into the actual facility.
"We just take care of kids and we want the kids to do the things that are most fun to them and be able to have the parents enjoy that with them and come have a little holiday cheer. It gives just a little special memory,” Shriners Spokesperson Kristin Monasmith said.
The Shriners in Spokane provides rehabilitation, orthotic and prosthetics services. They also specialize in caring for children with fractures and other orthopedic needs.
Eight-year-old twins Orren and Theo Christopherson stopped in speak with Santa. The twins have a bone disease which weakens their bones. The twins’ mother RaeAnn Christopherson said she also has the same disease.
"I've been coming to Shriners since I was a little kid. Shriners is amazing and the fact that they invited us to be part of the Christmas event is like a family event,”Christopherson said.
The twins have suffered a number of fractures. Christopherson said Shriners has always been there to help.
"They know about the bone disease, so most ER's don't have a clue, and the compassion they have for the kids. I mean this whole place just oozes love for everyone,” Christopherson said. "When they go to regular school they are kind of treated differently because of the bone disease. At Shriners there is no judgment, everyone is just so great."
After their chats with Santa, children were given toys, candy and hot chocolate. But the most important gifts they left with were cheer and love, which according to parents and patients are never in short supply at Shriners.