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Little Smiles Throws Christmas in July
Local teens played the roles of Santa’s helpers to bring some holiday spirit to pediatric patients at West Palm Beach’s Quantum House during a “Christmas in July” celebration.
On July 27, Little Smiles, a South Florida nonprofit organization that helps children in hospitals, shelters and other facilities, organized the party with fresh-baked cookies, a hot chocolate bar, “snowball” fight, crafts, and a visit from Santa, complete with gifts for each child.
The patients, who ranged from one year old to 14, come from all over the world to stay at Quantum House, a facility next to St. Mary’s Medical Center where families of sick children can stay during treatment.
“We were looking for a way to get our teen and pre-teen volunteers involved while on summer break,” said Little Smiles Volunteer Coordinator Camie Swinson. “Quantum House immediately came to mind as the perfect setting for a Christmas in July Celebration. It was incredible to see our young volunteers interacting with the children there for treatment. There were smiles everywhere, especially when Santa showed up.”
Little Smiles provides gifts and fun activities for children impacted by serious illness, homelessness, or tragedy. The nonprofit organization partners with nurses, social workers, and staff in hospitals, shelters, and other facilities to provide wish fulfillment and celebrations for children in their care. From hospital room pizza parties and visits from Santa to its grand “Stars Ball” gala, Little Smiles gives kids the chance to be kids during difficult times. Learn more at www.littlesmilesfl.org.