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SOUTH BEND, Ind. --Today Santa himself joined two South Bend Police officers to visit the patients at Memorial Hospital.

Bearing gifts, pizza, and gift cards SBPD wanted to go their part to bring a little bit of Christmas to the patients and their families.

Every child was in awe of seeing the man in the red suit and his special elves who made a special trip to see them.

They filled their red "sleighs" with goodies to give out to all of the boys and girls and their families throughout the hospital.

With donations from police officers and outside entities such as Hahn-Walz Attorneys, Jones-Petrie-Rafinski, adn Martins the officers were able to spread Christmas cheer, floor by floor.

They made a special stop on the pediatrics floor where they spend time with the children who won't be able to celebrate the holidays at home this year, including Kai Rosebush and his family.

They Rosebush's are here in South Bend all the way from Maryland visiting their extended families formerly with the expectation f celebrating in the comfort of their own home.

But as of right now, the hospital walls are there current view.

Mom, Kristy Rosebush said, "It's definitely not how we thought Christmas was going to go that's for sure."

Even with the continuing tests and questions on Kai's health--their hospital room is still filled with joy from their family and from the South Bend Police.

Captain Joe Galea said today reminded him how blessed he is because, "People don't realize how blessed we are until you come up here and see the sick children who aren't able to go home for the holidays. So actually, I think it does better therapy for us [the officers], makes us feel good, and brings smiles to our faces as well."

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