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Santa’s Elves Rappelled Down Windows of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

Psst … Today, kids at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health were treated to a holiday surprise. Elves rappelled down the windows of the Simon Family Tower, waving to patients gathered in playrooms as they made their 10-story descent from roof to ground.

That’s not all. Santa himself made rounds to visit children, room by room, on every floor of the hospital. He came bearing gifts: a toy for each child. “Many of our patients can’t be home for the holidays,” said Melissa Sexton, Riley at IU Health special events coordinator. “Our goal is to bring children every ounce of normalcy possible while hospitalized. This is just one of the many special events we arrange for them year-round.”

A special word of thanks goes out to American National Skyline Inc., for helping to bring the elves straight from the North Pole to Riley at IU Health. And to The Cheer Guild, which operates the hospital’s Toy Room. The Toy Room distributes more than 14,000 items to Riley at IU Health pediatric patients each month


About Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health For more than 85 years, Riley at IU Health has been one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. Each year, Riley at IU Health provides compassionate care, support and comfort to 215,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world. Part of Indiana University Health, Riley at IU Health enjoys a unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, giving our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.