BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – Patients at Our Lady of the Lake’s Children’s Hospital got a special visit yesterday, Monday, Dec. 20. Mayor-President Kip Holden joined a dozen carolers from his Youth Advisory Council to spread Christmas cheer to families and little ones who are stuck in the hospital during the holidays.
Raising Cane’s mascot and the Mayor’s Mouse made special appearances, too. All to share smiles and let these young patients know, they can have holiday fun, too.
“A lot of kids don’t have the opportunity to experience it being in the hospital and so it’s just like really heart warming and I feel really good about it,” Jo Hilliard, Episcopal High School Junior, said between singing carols.
“It make’s me feel good to know I’m doing something,” Adrian Augustus, Belaire High School Senior, added.
“Just watching that smile on their face and the mom’s face, even in the battle with my eye glasses, you know, all is worth it,” Mayor Kip Holden said with a laugh. “Because I can tell you, it’s just a feeling that warms your heart and we want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.”
The mayor, his youth council, and yes, that mouse, visit children in schools and at other events regularly. That’s all part of the “Red Stick Ready” project that educates children on homeland security.