Ho! Ho! Ho! Tele-Santa Visits Dell Children’s


lilly_telesanta3.600sizeImagine being a good boy and good girl all year, but not being able to tell Santa Claus what’s on your wish list because you can’t leave the hospital.

Thanks to the magic of some of the latest mobile and collaboration technologies developed by Cisco Systems, kids who couldn’t go home from Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas still got a chance to chat with Santa. See the You Tube video.

On Dec. 15, Cisco and Dell Children’s brought a live feed from the North Pole to these young patients using a video monitor, web-enabled camera and Cisco technology. Cisco has been offering it’s “Tele-Santa” experience at Dell Children’s and other hospitals across the U.S. for several years now.

“We are thankful for this partnership with Cisco Systems, and to be able to provide this wonderful opportunity for our patients. Meeting with Santa brightens patients’ spirits and gives them a chance to celebrate the holidays,” said Deb Brown, Dell Children’s chief operating officer.

boy_black_shirt_talking_to_santa450sizeEager kids lined up outside of Dell Children’s playroom for their turn to chat with Santa. Some had pressing questions for St. Nick:

“How shiny is Rudolph’s nose?”

“Where is Tricia the elf?”

“When can I come visit you?”

Santa merrily answered them all, talking with the kids in both English and Spanish.

But top of mind for all the kids were their wish lists. Among the hot items on them were Hot Wheels, a pink teddy bear, a horse, an Easy-Bake Oven and a Dora the Explorer skateboard.

In addition to making the kids happy, many parents appreciated this opportunity.

“It was good. She was really excited to get to see him” Sarah Gonzales, a parent, told Fox7 News. “She was a little nervous when we got in there. She wasn’t supposed to be able to leave her room, but the doctors and nurses let us sneak out to go meet Santa and she was really excited.”

santa_and_elves450sizeFor other kids who weren’t able to leave their rooms, Santa provided virtual bedside visits through a mobile cart enabled with Cisco Jabber software.

As the kids said their final goodbyes to Santa, they were given fleece blankets, stuffed animals and balloons to take back with them to their rooms.