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Rappelling Elves Brighten Day For Kids At Children’s Hospital In Indiana

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Patients at a children’s hospital in Indiana had a reason to smile last week, when they got a visit from elves who rappelled down the side of the building.

At the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health elves rappelled 10-stories waiving to patients from outside, while Santa himself visited and gave the children gifts inside, according to WAVE.

"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," Riley at IU Health special events coordinator Melissa Sexton said, noting that many of the young patients are unable to go home for the holidays.

ABC News reports that the elves, dressed in pointy shoes and hats and decked out in red and green, suddenly appeared outside patients' windows to wave and smile.

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Children were reportedly brought into rooms with big windows ahead of the elves' arrival. The children used special markers to write messages to the elves ahead of their visit. The elves swung back and forth in front of the windows to play with the children and when they left, children watched them visit lower floors and another building full of patients across the way.

ABC News also noted that the hospital thanked American National Skyline, Inc. for bringing the elves and The Cheer Guild, which operates the hospital's toy room, distributing more than 14,000 items to its patients every month.

Sources: ABC News, WAVE