With their Santa Claus' hats on and gifts in hand, the Chiefs Community Caring Team, including ambassadors, cheerleaders and KC Wolf, visited patients at The University of Kansas Hospital's (TUKH) Pediatric Unit and Intensive Care Unit.
The Kansas City Chiefs Community Caring team, along with Chiefs Ambassadors Deron Cherry and Danan Hughes visited children at the University of Kansas Hospital and handed out holiday gifts.
The group passed out special Chiefs gifts, teddy bears, signed autographs and visited with the children and their families. The patients ranged in age from newborns to early 20s and their illness varied as well. Some patients have the flu, while others are recovering from car accidents or are receiving cancer treatments.
"It was a great opportunity to visit the hospital; this is what it's all about," Danan Hughes, Chiefs Ambassador, said. "It's about being able to bless others and take their minds off of being at the hospital during the holidays. We're happy to help bring a little bit of sunshine to their day. It was a great way to give back and serve the Kansas City community."
The Chiefs Community Caring Team is very active throughout the year; however, as the holidays approach, the Chiefs do their best to give gifts, brighten someone's day and raise spirits as a way to say thank you to the Chiefs Kingdom.
The patients, their parents and the hospital's staff were very appreciative of the visit and thankful for the holiday cheer.
"Having the Chiefs come visit our kids really does make the day a little brighter for them," Andrea Smith, Child Life Specialist at TUKH noted. "It helps their whole demeanor. When you feel better and you're happier, you heal faster. These kinds of visits help put a smile on the nurses faces, as well as the patients. It makes thing easier while you are in the hospital."