On the night of Tuesday, December 7th, patient families peered out their windows in delight as they approached our Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru at Grant's Farm. Cars were met by Storm Troopers, Wookiees, Jedi, and other Star Wars characters. Among the twinkling lights, volunteers handed goodie bags, Barbies, and Star Wars toys to each child. Star Wars toys were donated by Holocron Toys.
"Are you an elf? I like your ears," asked one child from the backseat of his car to Karen Korn, volunteer and Friends Board member, who was dressed as an elf.
A large group of volunteers from Saint Louis University's Black Student Alliance helped hand out goodie bags while singing carols.
Continuing on their vehicle path, families were treated to hot chocolate and other warm delights as they approached the winding path of holiday lights. Down the lit path of gum drops and icicles, they met Mr. and Mrs. Claus, saying hello through their windows.
It was an especially cold night, but Friends of Kids staff and volunteers enjoyed seeing our Friend's smiles. With Covid-19 protocols still in place, it's been difficult to get safe face-time with our patient families. Nevertheless, finding ways to engage with them and bring smiles and normalcy to their everyday lives, especially during the holiday season, remains our focus during these challenging times.
A special thank you to The Peter Meyhew Foundation, SLU's Black Student Alliance, and Captiva Marketing. We appreciate all that you do for our amazing kids and look forward to future events and opportunities. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
To view photos from this event, visit our Flickr.