KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This may be the cutest story of the year.
The parents of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kansas City’s St. Luke’s Hospital received adorable Christmas gifts when nurses and volunteers with March of Dimes dressed the newborns in festive outfits.
The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.”
In addition to the outfits, Santa Claus made a visit, delivering a “Twas the Night Before Christmas” card that was decorated with a mouse made out of their child’s footprint, a small hand-made Santa bag filled with candy, a crocheted Santa hat and a book for the family to read.
“The holidays can be an especially emotional time for families in the NICU,” Michelle Manuel, the hospital’s director of media relations, told ABC News. “Babies here are usually born premature or sick and they may spend weeks or months growing healthy enough to go home. So providing these special families with an opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a memorable way allows them a sense of normalcy, and an opportunity to celebrate their babies’ first milestones — even in the hospital — which is what every family wants to do!”