Sophia's mother shared, "...We have no words to express the gratitude we feel towards everyone who make these events possible to bring smiles to the children who are going thru a very difficult time in their lives. It takes love and dedication to give the gift of time and these organizations rely on volunteer work as well as donations. We are forever grateful to everyone from the volunteers to the event organizers and everyone involved for the smiles you put on Sophia and all the children. Seeing her smile thru all of what she goes thru makes it a little easier".
Grant’s mother wrote, “Christmas Dreams is an amazing organization that truly brings the magic of Christmas to life. In 2016 we were less than 2 months out from the devastating news that our son Grant had leukemia. We spent nearly the entire Christmas season in a hospital room and were discharged just a few days before Christmas. Due to his condition Grant’s interaction with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the hospital was a mere wave through the hospital room glass. This past year we were just months removed from his bone marrow transplant and were incredibly limited with any public outings. The wonderful people at Christmas Dreams provided our family with a unique, personalized, and safe experience where Grant could enjoy all the wonderful magic of Christmas. From baking with Mrs. Claus, toy-making with Santa’s helpers, and story time with the Big Man himself the folks at Christmas Dreams did an amazing job of bringing Christmas to life for our family.”
When you can’t go to the mall for a picture with Santa because of a compromised immune system we have the perfect solution! A one-on-one, controlled environment where you can even try on the big man’s boots and coat!
“Christmas Dreams went above and beyond anything we could have dreamed about. To say that our patients and families loved it, would be an understatement. This all immersive experience brought so much light to our kids undergoing treatment, their families and even our staff. Christmas Dreams’ volunteers were up for anything and jumped into action with a smile! From adapted experiences for some unexpected challenges, to last minute add-in patients who just needed a “pick me up”, they were INCREDIBLY flexible and accommodating. We love Christmas Dreams and their dedication to making our kids and families smile for a brief time, during such a difficult time in their lives.”
Emily O., BS, CCLS (Child Life Specialist, Florida Hospital for Children)
a NICU Santa Baby
"The picture from last year of our Shane is one of my most favorite pictures."