JJ a preteen was bedridden and in and out of the hospital for months. Santa, along with a couple of Elves and Members of the Rancho Cordova Police Department were able to catch JJ and his entire family at home a few days before Christmas. JJ and his family had been so busy dealing with his issues and treatments that took him back and forth to the hospital they had not had time or the energy to decorate their house.
A week before Christmas Santa was able to make a special delivery to JJ’s family. What the family didn’t know was Santa’s entourage was prepared to “Christmas up the House”. We brought a Christmas Tree along with ornaments and lights for the tree and with help from members of the family decorated the tree (which was near the end of JJ’s bed so he could see it at all times) and the rest of the house with the help of the elves and the officers from Rancho Cordova Police Department. JJ’s brothers (all older than JJ) were overjoyed about the visit and happily posed for several pictures with Santa and the officers from Rancho Cordova Police Department just “chillin” on the couch watching television.
Then Santa started handing out presents to the family and finally to the guest of honor JJ himself. His brothers opened the gifts for JJ because he could not open them on his own. JJ because he cannot use his voice or arms right now has learned to communicate and talk by utilizing an eye tracking speech generating device. One of the items Santa gave to JJ was a telephone that was compatible with his eye tracking device allowing him to make phone calls. This did not seem to impress JJ very much.
One of the last things JJ’s brothers helped him open were gag gifts (fake puke etc,) and one gag gift in particular generated a smile and a look in JJ’s eyes that anyone could see was pure happiness. His brothers all started laughing out loud and joking when one of the brothers produced a whoopie cushion. For those of you that don’t know what a whoopie cushion is, it is a rubber pouch that you blow up and put on someone’s seat just before they sit down and it produces the sound of someone .. well how do I say it, “a farting noise”. As it turns out even after becoming bedridden JJ is still a practical joker and with the help of his colluding brothers continue to torment each other with practical jokes.
We left Santa gifts along with stuffed Christmas stockings for each of the family members including mom and dad along with other wrapped gifts for under the tree to be opened on Christmas morning. Mrs. Claus has kept in touch with mom since the visit and all she asks for is for us to keep JJ and the entire family in our prayers. This we have gladly done since it is something we do quite often for all the families we come in contact with.