'Elf on the Shelf' visits Children's & Women's Hospital

MOBILE, Alabama -- A special guest made a visit to the University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital just two days before Christmas.

A local radio station, 97.5 WABD, brought the human Elf on the Shelf to tour the hospital, accompanied by Kimberly Thompson-Yates, coordinator of the Mapp Child and Family Life Program, and Beth Abston, child life specialist of the Mapp Child and Family Life Program.

"One of the major purposes of our department is to normalize our patients' lives throughout their stay in the hospital," said Abston.

"The human Elf on the Shelf brightens our patients' spirits at such a difficult time," Abston said. "These children are in the hospital at Christmas time, and having a piece of the North Pole visit them helps to bring some normalcy to their lives."

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