The joy and wonder in the face of a child reveals the real magic of Christmas.
Billy and Niki Mathis love to play Santa and Mrs. Claus during the holidays. This year Niki, who is the Director of Registration and Scheduling at #ORHC, thought it would be fun to have an event with Santa at the hospital. They met over 100 children, read stories and handed out treats all around in the Admitting lobby. Before leaving, they went up to the post-partum floor to wish families with new little ones a Merry Christmas.
Upon entering the first room, they met little Mathew Sisemore. Mathew was very excited to meet Santa and introduced him to his new baby sister, Olivia. Billy (Santa) quickly realized Mathew was deaf when Mathew began to sign to him. Leaning in close, Billy pointed to Olivia and signed “beautiful” to Mathew.
Mathew’s eyes grew huge and he gave a big smile. “That boy was so excited that Santa responded to him in sign,” shared Niki (Mrs. Santa). “It gave me chills from head to toe! The spirit of giving, not just in material things, but in a way that was meaningful to that little boy was so magical – it’s hard to explain how it felt to see that.” Billy Mathis has picked up some sign language from working with children so he was very happy to be able to interact with Mathew.
Merry Christmas Mathew and the Walker Family – from Ottumwa Regional Health Center!