A Joyful December
Making hospital stays happier for our young patients during the holidays is a long-standing tradition at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Throughout December, in addition to our regular activities, Child Life Services is hosting many special holiday events for our hospitalized children and their family members. We have cupcake decorating, holiday arts and crafts projects and visits from special groups and individuals, including Santa of course, to bring gifts and spread joy.
Here are some of the events taking place:
Stony Brook Student Visits
Student groups from Stony Brook University including our dental students and Men’s Lacrosse Student-Athletes have planned special visits as well.
Full Throttle Toy Run
A festive parade with motorcycles and fire trucks, bags of toys, and a visit from Santa on a fire engine ladder raised up to the pediatric windows. Some children also come to the lobby to see the parade up close and meet Santa in person.
NICU Baby Supply Drive
Wives of New York Islanders players visit our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, bringing special soothers and baby supplies for our tiniest patients. (photo top left)
A Chanukah party to kick off this eight-night holiday.
Teddy Bear Deliveries
Local Paternal Order of Police members, along with prominent politicians and Santa, bring special teddy bears to each of our young patients to add warmth and sparkle to the day.
Long Island Court Officers also stop by with their annual gifts of Teddy Bears for our young patients. (photo to right)
NY Islanders Holiday Visit
The NY Islanders make their annual holiday visit to the pediatric unit. Team members shop for their own toys and send them in advance – then arrive in their hockey jerseys to hand out gifts and spend time with the children and their families. (photo top right)
NY State Troopers Memorial Fund
NY Troopers, decked out in their uniforms and accompanied by Santa, delight our patients with a visit to the unit to bring special gift cards.
A Visit from the Ducks
The Long Island Ducks, our local pro baseball team, come bearing gifts for each of our young patients.
Visits from cheerful elves are a holiday tradition at Stony Brook Children’s.
Kathy the Elf
Kathy pops in mid-month with gifts and activities for the kids.
Buddy the Elf
Later in the month, the Halesite Fire Department brings Buddy, a character from the movie “Elf,” along with several other of Santa’s helpers, stops by to deliver holiday presents straight from the North Pole.
Festivities and gifts in honor of this late December holiday celebrating family, community and culture.
Santa’s in the House
Santa will be also dropping in throughout the month, both to accompany various groups and to bring his own gifts to the children. (photo to right)
In addition, many generous groups and individual donors also deliver gifts to Child Life Services to be shared with our patients during the holiday season. These donations are used to prepare age-appropriate gift bags for every patient – matched whenever possible to the child’s likes and needs.