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Local kid patients enjoy Holiday Magic

Being at the hospital is tough enough for a child. Being at the hospital during the holiday season is even tougher. Make-A-Wish® Oregon teamed up with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Randall Children’s Hospital to bring “Holiday Magic” to them by turning a part of the hospital into Santa’s toyland.
  • Molly makes funny faces with Santa and Mrs. Claus

  • Volunteer Gary helping out with the shopping

  • Picking the right gift can be hard

  • Holiday Magic 2013

  • Amelia helps her little brother pick out gifts for the family

  • Volunteers Jen, Brittany and Robin are busy wrapping gifts

  • Volunteer Wendy finds a spot on the floor to wrap gifts

  • Volunteers Molly and Annisa helped pick out most of the toys

  • Santa enjoying a quiet moment with Landen

  • Keller meets Santa for the first time

  • Amanda the Elf is an expert at stuffing stockings

It’s been the chapter’s holiday tradition for more than ten years to provide pediatric patients a way to shop for holiday gifts for their families while they’re being treated at the hospital.  Kids like nine-year-old Darius went back to his room with gifts for his parents, three siblings, four dogs and one cat.  About 25 children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and 45 kids at Randall Children’s Hospital experienced Holiday Magic this year.  “Oh, my gosh!  Am I at the North Pole?” asked one seven-year-old boy after receiving a stocking filled with his favorite toys, including LEGOs.

While their gifts were being wrapped by Make-A-Wish elves, the kids had their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  For two-year-old Keller, it was his first time meeting Santa.  Molly enjoyed chatting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and even listened to some of Santa’s silly jokes.

Holiday Magic isn’t just about the gifts; it’s a chance to spread holiday joy and to let local families know about Make-A-Wish.  For one boy at Randall Children’s Hospital, it was his first time leaving his room in 35 days.  One mother told us, with tears in her eyes, that she hasn’t seen her daughter smile like that in a long time.

All of this was made possible by the wonderful staff at both hospitals, as well as Make-A-Wish volunteers who spent time buying, sorting and packing the gifts, setting up Santa’s toyland, escorting the kids, and wrapping the gifts.  “They helped create that special moment for each child,” said Linda Cohen, volunteer manager at Make-A-Wish Oregon.

And, of course, we would like to give our thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus for traveling all the way from The North Pole to take part in our annual Holiday Magic.


To refer a child in Oregon or Clark County, Washington directly to our local chapter, or for questions about our referral process, please contact:

Kristen Bakalis
Medical Outreach Manager
Phone: 503-802-7348

Make-A-Wish® Oregon
5901 S Macadam Ave. Suite 200
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 292-2280
Toll Free (800) 934-9474