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Elves rappel, spread holiday spirit at children's hospital

Published: Dec. 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2013 at 12:47 AM EST
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Children's smiles lit up like Christmas trees as they looked outside of their hospital room...
Children's smiles lit up like Christmas trees as they looked outside of their hospital room windows on Thursday. (Source: Riley Hospital for Children)
At the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health elves rappelled 10-stories...
At the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health elves rappelled 10-stories waiving to patients from outside. (Source: Riley Hospital for Children)
Riley at IU Health special events coordinator Melissa Sexton said since many of the young...
Riley at IU Health special events coordinator Melissa Sexton said since many of the young patients are unable to go home for the holidays. (Source: Riley Hospital for Children)
The hospital thanked American National Skyline Inc. and The Cheer Guild for making the visit...
The hospital thanked American National Skyline Inc. and The Cheer Guild for making the visit possible. (Source: Riley Hospital for Children)

INDIANAPOLIS (WAVE) – Children's smiles lit up like Christmas trees as they looked outside of their hospital room windows on Thursday.

At the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health elves rappelled 10-stories waiving to patients from outside, while Santa himself visited and gave the children gifts inside.

Riley at IU Health special events coordinator Melissa Sexton said since many of the young patients are unable to go home for the holidays, "Our goal is to bring children every ounce of normalcy possible while hospitalized. This is just one of the many special events we arrange for them year-round."

The hospital thanked American National Skyline Inc. and The Cheer Guild for making the visit possible.

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