One of the most exciting parts about the holiday season is decorating for Christmas, but what happens when you aren’t able to go home? The Children’s of Alabama team is bringing the holidays straight to patients with activities like the Ace Tree Farm. Keep reading to learn more about how patients and family will celebrate.
Creating Christmas memories in the hospital with the Ace Tree Farm 🎄
Hospitals can be scary environments but Children’s of Alabama feels warm and welcoming, thanks to the art on the walls and smiling faces everywhere you look. The holidays are no different. During the Ace Tree Farm one-day event, the hospital patio is transformed into a winter wonderland with 350 three-foot trees, holiday decorations, music and snow—of course, the fake kind.
Throughout the day, patients get a chance to pick out their own tree and lights donated by Ace Hardware along with ornaments, a tree skirt, a topper and even more fun for the holidays.
“It will be a fun-filled magical day that will end with everyone placing their trees in the window that night for anyone driving through downtown to see.”Carmen Maddox, Children’s of Alabama, Community Development Coordinator
Spreading holiday cheer 🌟
The Ace Christmas Tree Farm isn’t the only exciting holiday event that’s bringing joy to patients and their families. Here’s a look at just a few events patients love:
- Sugar Plum Shop: Parents and caregivers can “shop” (at no cost to them) for gifts for patients and their siblings at the Sugar Plum Shop presented by Regions Bank, a toy store located right in the hospital.
- Milk and Cookies: Many families love leaving out milk and cookies for Santa, but what do you do if you’re in the hospital? Thanks to a partnership with Chick-fil-A Birmingham, patients who are medically cleared to participate, patients can leave out milk and cookies at Children’s of Alabama.
- Tele-Santa: Just because patients and their families are spending the holidays in the hospital doesn’t mean they won’t be visited by Santa! The Tele-Santa event brings a Santa visit to patients’ personal devices.
“Being able to provide the opportunity for kids and their caregivers to have this magical time together and experience and pick out a tree to decorate and brighten up their rooms brings a little bit of home to the hospital and provides some holiday comfort and traditions they might otherwise not have. If a patient can visit our Tree Farm with the snow, lights, and music and feel like a normal kid for just a moment, we’ve achieved our goal.”Carmen Maddox, Children’s of Alabama, Community Development Coordinator