LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Seven hospitalized kids got a very special surprise from the Lake Charles Police Department and Santa Clause himself.
For the second year, Santa Clause and a special elf delivered toys to the children hospitalized at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Christmas morning.
The toys were collected and donated by the Lake Charles Police Officer's Association.
"Our community has supported the Lake Charles Police Department and local law enforcement," said LCPD Sgt. Mark Kraus. "We wanted to be able to do something for the community as well, and we couldn't think of a better idea than [this]."
Nine-year-old Elijah Lewis was admitted on Christmas Eve. He wasn't expecting a very merry Christmas until he saw Santa walk into his room.
"I was excited," said Elijah.
For the officers helping to deliver the gifts to the children, seeing the joy on their little faces was worth it.
"If you saw what happened today, by giving these children…an opportunity to see Santa Clause and elves come in and provide those Christmas gifts to them and their family…that's what we wanted to do," said Sgt. Kraus. "We wanted to share some type of goodness on Christmas."
There is more good news to report.
According to hospital officials, the seven kids who received gifts this morning were the only known children hospitalized in the Lake Area.