. . . because some kids can’t wait for Christmas!
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Christmas at Advent Health for Children
We have many opportunities to spread Christmas cheer at Advent Health for Children.
We will provide 500 hand-made Christmassy pillowcases, decorate several children’s waiting and patient rooms, Santa will visit the NICU and visit babies who won’t be home for Christmas and we will take our Christmas is Coming mobile experience and host as many families as we can!
If you would like to help, great! Here’s how you can do so:
For pillowcases: create as many pillowcases as you can (patterns can be found on our pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/christmasdreams0166/pillowcases/), donate Christmassy material, send us Joann gift cards.
For Christmas is Coming: This year we are collecting Lego mini Christmas sets to give to the children. See our Charity List on Amazon if you would like to donate a set or two. https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/9P61C5690LJX/ref=smi_ext_lnk_lcl_cl
To provide Christmas experiences 365 days a year for children and their families who are battling life threatening illnesses.
Below are the different experiences we offer as we help families create memories and discover the hope and joy of Christmas 365 days a year.
Christmas is coming
This is the mobile expression of Christmas Dreams. It is a 40 foot trailer that has been converted into Santa’s “mobile home.” We can provide this experience anywhere a 40 foot trailer can fit—hospitals, homes, parking lots, etc.
Inside children discover Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, a Tinker Shop and Santa’s man cave.
Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen—children make Santa’s favorite cookie with Mrs. Claus’ help
Tinker Shop—children create a toy using a variety of materials and their imagination
Santa’s Man Cave—children get to spend a special one on one visit with the Big Man himself. They can try on Santa’s boots and coat, share their lists, read stories and more.
Outside the experience, children can play reindeer games with Christmas Dreams evles, drive a sled, and have a snowball fight inside a giant snow globe.
NICU Santa babies
Santa makes a special trip to the NICU to check on babies who will not be home for Christmas. Santa also has a special moment with siblings and caregivers. This visit brings a bit of Christmas cheer and hope to families who desperately need it.
Flight to the North Pole—partnering with other charities to provide a magical experience at the North Pole with Santa, presents and more
Decorate hospital rooms—this includes waiting areas and patient rooms
Hand-made pillowcases—delivered to children undergoing treatment
Home visits—this includes visits with Santa, as well as decorations, gifts and even a meal if desired
Christmas in July party—an offering of tropical holiday fun
The BIG Dream
Our BIG Dream is to build an indoor, North Pole themed resort where families can spend several days with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Christmas Dreams elves…and once again, 365 days a year!
Inside families can visit Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, a Christmas Tree House, go ice skating, sled down a snow covered mountain, visit the reindeer barn, ride the Jingle Bell Express and so much more.
What if you could forget you were sick and just enjoy being a kid? What if you could experience a bit of Christmas hope, joy and magic in the midst of the struggle even if just for a moment?
According to Make a Wish “wishes (or in our case “dreams”) can increase the physical and emotional well-being of these kids, and create happy, lifelong memories. In fact, wish experiences are as much about the days that follow, as they are about the wish itself – because the impact of a wish can last forever. A wish experience can truly change a child’s life”
That is our goal as we make the Christmas Dreams of children come true. We help families create memories to last a lifetime, we bring cheer and instill hope to those who so desperately need it.
kids a Day
Every day 32 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US. One out of every 5 will not survive.
days a year
We celebrate Christmas every single day of the year because some kids just can’t wait for Christmas! Our goal is to bring the magic, joy and hope of Christmas to children and their families whenever they might need it.
is all it takes
One child, one family, one moment impacted for a lifetime. You could be the one person to help make a Christmas Dream come true!
There are many ways you can be an elf and help Christmas Dreams come true.
Join the pillow case brigade (each year we need 500+ “Christmassy” pillowcases at Christmas time)
Help us gather mini blue stockings (they are only available at Wal-Mart during the Christmas season)
Attend Elf University (offered once a year) to become an official “Christmas Dreams Elf.” This allows you to be part of the team that brings Christmas is Coming to life.
Donate financially to help us build the Christmas Dreams Resort
Learn more about our volunteer opportunities and how you can become a “Christmas Dreams Elf”
Make a Donation
Consider financially supporting the mission of Christmas Dreams. Your donation can help make Christmas Dreams a reality.