Santa Claus usually delivers Christmas cheer with his reindeers and sleigh, but on Wednesday, the Chattanooga Fire Department helped him brighten the spirits of kids at Children's Hospital at Erlanger.
All he needed was a little lift!
Due to COVID-19's continued spread in our community and the risks it poses to patients and staff, Erlanger has suspended visitation at their hospitals.
Instead, Santa and the Chattanooga Fire Department teamed up for a special kind of visit. CFD's Ladder 1 (Green) gave Santa a lift outside the hospital so he could scale up five floors and wave to children at the windows.
Erlanger says Santa made video calls with kids hematology/oncology clinic so they could talk with him safely from inside the hospital.
"Ladder 1 (Green) was so happy to be Santa’s helpers today!" said CFD officials in a post on Facebook, "They gave him a lift outside of Children's Hospital at Erlanger so he could say hello to the hematology/oncology patients. He even FaceTimed with the kids so they could talk to him safely from inside the hospital. One of the children asked Santa for “lots of Christmas cheer” this year. So nice. We wish all of the staff and patients a very Merry Christmas!"
"The holidays look a little different at Children's Hospital at Erlanger this year, but nothing is impossible with a generous helping of Christmas magic — and a few good friends!" Erlanger officials said in a tweet.