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With video chat, Santa makes virtual visit to kids at Mary Bridge

Posted on Dec. 16, 2013 ( comments)
Four-year-old Puka Palesoo chats with Santa on Monday at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma, Wash.

From his workshop at the North Pole, Santa Claus made a "virtual visit" to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center. The personalized visits with children at the hospital were made possible thanks to video-chat technology from Cisco.

"I don't want you to worry, because wherever you are on Christmas, I'll be able to find you," Santa told 4-year-old Puka Palesoo as she sat on her bed in her room at Mary Bridge.

"Thank you, Santa," Puka said.

After a long chat, Santa's helpers at Mary Bridge gave Puka an "Elf on the Shelf" doll and book.

"I like Santa!" Puka said.

Then they sang "Jingle Bells" together.

"It was a blessing," said Puka's grandma, Vaitui Ropati. "She's in a good mood now."

About Cisco Santa Connection

During the 2013 holiday season, 50 hospitals throughout North America will participate in the Cisco Santa Connection Program. This interactive experience enables children to remotely connect and communicate with Santa using Cisco’s video collaboration technologies. Through the magic of the Internet, the children are connected over video directly to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole, where they can share their wish lists directly with Old St. Nick. After a personal conversation with Santa, children can join their families and enjoy a holiday party complete with gifts at the hospital. Santa Connection was developed seven years ago to provide children and their families a bit of holiday cheer and happiness during their hospital stay.

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