Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta- Egleston Hospital
Today is the day for a new program for the Children at the AFLAC CANCER CENTER @ Children’s Healthcare of ATL- Egleston … today there are rumors that Santa is coming to visit and the playroom will be transformed into a WINTER WONDERLAND… For a Day (of course). The set up for this program was insane … we could not have done it without PREMIER LOGICS… an amazing software company in Atlanta that ordered and bought all of our decorations! We are very blessed to welcome this new company to our FAD family. Also, we had a new vendor to add to the party… Shyni Cakes by Shyni p. Sheregar… delicious cupcakes: chocolate, red velvet, and vanilla. The children LOVED them! Thank you so much to Premier Logic and Shyni P. Sheregar! Along with these wonderful donors, we also had our solid sponsorship from Alon’s Bakery! We feel very blessed this year that so many people have stayed with us and dedicated time to these kids! Ok onto the show and the most heart warming event that I have ever been a part of….
As the playroom was transformed into a blue and white Winter Wonderland with snow, snowflakes, and blue/ white everywhere the eye could see, the kids were clearly excited. This time I had my fantastic most important “elves” with me… the elves that have been with me for years now…. Jessica Black, Erin Grizzle, Dawn Siska, Kelsey Brooks, Amy Chroeng, Atiya Crockett, Bobby Siska …. New elves that I would love to welcome to FAD Atlanta are Lindsey Turner, Miss Georgia USA 2012 Jazz Wilkins, Nickie Black, and Natalie Henderson! I hope everyone had a blast and I love the new and old friends FAD has! The room had new and old stations…first was the “classic” table that included face painting, make up, holiday manicures/pedicures (green and red OR blue/silver/white), boas and tiaras.
Then we had a crafts table that included making an ornament picture frame to put their Santa picture in! Next we had the classic Holiday Cookie decorating table and lastly we had the SANTA THRONE! Inside Santa’s THRONE was all of the AMAZING gifts that were donated from all over ATLANTA for the kids! We had an amazing amount of gifts for these kids and I have never seen such amazement in my life as I handed them more gifts then they could carry. At around 1pm SANTA MICHAEL and Mrs. Paula Claus walked into the door…I have never seen such joy on these kid’s faces. I never tear up at these events, I cried. I looked around and every volunteer was tearing up. It was an amazing moment and they are such a holiday blessing. I can not ever thank Santa Michael and Mrs. Paula Claus enough for what they did for those kids that day. They brought such joy into a space that usually has very little joy. They transformed the room and they DONATED all of their time for these kids. Once Santa arrived, it was time for this little ELF to get my game face on and eavesdrop on every “sit on my knee and tell me what you want” to make sure each child got what they asked for…and can you believe it, we had almost EVERY gift that was requested…I could not believe how well it went. After the visit from Santa each child got all of their gifts and opened them! All of the kids were very thrilled with their loot but I think it was more than presents…I have never seen such joy before presents were even handed to them…this program MUST happen again every single YEAR in ATLANTA.