Despite having no snow in the forecast this month, patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta who were dreaming of a white Christmas got to see their dream come true. The hospital created a winter wonderland outside its facilities earlier this month.
The children’s hospital turned its three campuses into a winter wonderland with an hourlong snowfall. Zigmont Magic F/X, a company that provides effects services to movies and live events alike, created the snow. It was so real that you can even see kids sticking their tongue out and eating snowflakes in the video. The workers used 31 snow machines to create a white substance that looked just like the real deal.
“We just thought it’d be great to try and add a little magic and excitement to our kids’ day here,” Dr. Jim Fortenberry told Fox 5 Atlanta. “We thought, ‘What better way to do that than to add some snow?'”
The kids made snow angels and staged snowball fights. Others simply went outside in their wheelchairs to experience the sight firsthand. Patients who couldn’t leave their rooms watched from their windows as it snowed on a 57-degree day in Atlanta. It was a surprise for everyone, as only a handful of hospital employees knew and successfully guarded the secret until the snow came down.
“Every child deserves to experience the magic and wonder of the holidays, especially if they have to be in the hospital this time of year,” the hospital wrote on its website. “And we understand that small things can have a big impact.”
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was again ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report for 2013-14. The hospital treats toddlers and teenagers across its three campuses and 20 locations throughout Georgia. Children are admitted to the hospital for everything from emergency care to heart transplants.
Check out the video below.