SPOKANE, Wash. - On Wednesday the halls of Sacred Heart Children's hospital were near empty, which meant more kids are home for this Thanksgiving holiday.
“We have 95 total patients here, a lot of that census is the NICU,” said Kirsten Carlile with the Children's Miracle Network. “In our Pediatric Outpatient Oncology and Sub-Specialties, we have 7 but potentially 5 or 6 get to go home today. “
It's a great thing but hospital staff are aware that can change in the next day or hour and like to be prepared for those who don't get to go home.
“We do call it a little bit of Christmas crazy here at the Children's Hospital,” said Carlile.
The Making Spirits Bright outdoor lighting put on by the KXLY 4 News Extreme Team is the big kick-off, followed by the decorating and lighting of many Christmas trees.
“The coolest thing about our tree decorating is the kids that are here the week of Christmas,” said Carlile. “They get to do a raffle and someone gets to take the tree home with them after the holidays for the next year for them.”
But it doesn't stop there. Throughout the month of December there are crafts galore, gingerbread house-making and some special visitors.
“Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here. You name it, we're doing it,” said Carlile.
Chris Kringle will be making an early appearance at his very own 'Santa Store,' where patients get to pick out gifts for their loved ones and parents can do a little shopping for their child.
“Our goal is to have kids remember that it doesn't have to hurt when you're here at the hospital and we want them to celebrate just like their friends are,” said Carlile.