- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Seven North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers visited children on the pediatric floor of Mission Hospital to spread holiday joy.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (https://avlne.ws/1PlKI1J) troopers visited the hospital last week in full uniform, armed with bags of toys, books and crayons. They handed out plastic hats and sticker badges to kids spending their holiday season in hospital rooms.

Sgt. Craig Harris says this is the troopers’ sixth year to visit the hospital for the holidays.

Krystal Moody, whose 2-year-old daughter Ellie is currently receiving treatment for brain tumors, says the trooper visit is a fond memory the family will have of their time helping their little girl recover.

Hospital staff says the pediatric floor is also visited by firefighters, carolers and Santa Clause himself.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com

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