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A Christmas to remember at Shriners Hospital

By Stephanie Lum - bio | email

Honolulu (KHNL) -  A famous couple made a very special appearance at the Shriners Hospital in Honolulu this morning. Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up to spread some holiday cheer.

Stockings, and Christmas ornaments hung on the tree, decked out Shriners Hospital for everyone to see. The kids sang christmas carols when suddenly bells were-a-ringing and a big, jolly man in a red suit walked in.

"Ho, ho, ho Merry Christmas!!!"

It's Santa and Mrs. Claus, all the kids smile! They are here to hand out those gifts in a big pile. Seven bags of presents

went to seven excited patients.

"I got slippers!" said one patient as she unwrapped her present.

"These are children from all over the pacific basin," said volunteer Paulette Nakamatsu. "We have a little boy who came in for a diagnosis so he'll be able to get tests and another girl actually has a disease which is a brittle bone disease and we provide medication and treatment to make her bones healthy again."

"We kind of want to make it special for the children because they don't have family and they live far away so this is our little way of giving them Christmas in Hawaii," said Nakamatsu.

"I like the sketch book. I like to draw," said 14-year-old patient Neha Piasad from Fiji. "The people here are really nice they're like family. They take care of me."

For Alyshia Shimizu there was much joy to be had, being able to enjoy Christmas with her dad.

"With her being here and going thru this, it's a miracle she's alive," said Anthony Shimizu.

Smiles, laughter and holiday cheer, and most importantly, being together with everyone here.

"It's what Hawaii is all about. It's what Shriners is all about," said Nakamatsu.

This is a Christmas tradition Shriner's Hospital does every year in addition to providing children with surgical and rehabilitative care free of charge.

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