Quarterbacks Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray visited the University of Kansas Hospital's pediatric unit in order to share some holiday spirit with children this past Tuesday afternoon.
"This is always really, really special, even for me a little more being a father and coming here and getting to take part in this," Smith said. "[We're] getting to visit a lot of these kids and [getting to see] what they're going through. To be able to come in and take their minds off it for a little bit and get some smiles out of them, it's a lot of fun."
Smith said the trip to the hospital made him even more appreciative for some of the things he is fortunate enough to have in his own personal life.
"You're thankful for your health and your family's health. It's a great thing," he said. "[The children] have serious battles on their hands, and for us to come in and just get to hang out a little bit and to see their outlook and their attitude is special."
K.C. Wolf and the Chiefs cheerleaders joined the quarterbacks as they traveled from room to room, handing out autographed footballs and "KC Chiefs ABCs and 1-2-3s" books.
The Kansas City Chiefs caring team and the QB group visited the Pediatrics unit at The University Of Kansas Hospital on Tuesday.
"The children are always excited to have visitors come by," said Amanda Meats, a nurse manager at the hospital. "Many of them aren't feeling well, and so to see special people from the outside come in, it's really a joy to see their faces light up and it's great for the kids.
"I think it brings them some joy in a time when they may not be feeling so well."
Since 2012, the Chiefs have participated in nearly 20 outreach initiatives or visits in conjunction with the University of Kansas Hospital, and this was just another example of how a trip to the hospital can make a world of difference in a children's morale as they recover from whatever they may be dealing with.
"The energy has been beyond high," Meats added. "Everybody's laughing. You almost forget that you're in a hospital just because of the amount of excitement that we get from the patients, families, staff and really everybody here at the hospital."