Mrs. Claus and her assistants bring Christmas cheer to kids at Kadlec

As the Christmas week countdown begins, pediatric patients at Tri-Cities hospitals got paid a special visit from Mrs. Claus and her elves.

Jen Little, of “Adam and Jen in the Morning” on 94.9 The Wolf, and her two sons, Jazz and Jackson, dressed up and visited patients at Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Trios Southridge Hospital, delivering gifts to the children who won’t be home for the holidays.

For the Littles, it’s a six-year tradition with a personal story behind it.

When Jazz was just 3-years-old, the now 12-year-old was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. He had to spend several holidays in the hospital, and his own experience inspired him to spread Christmas cheer to kids experiencing a similar situation.

“I like doing this because when you walk into the room and you just see the joy that sparks in their face, it’s indescribable,” said Jazz.

Ahead of the gift distribution, Little holds a gift drive on her radio show called the “Christmas Tree of Cash & Prizes,” asking her listeners to bring a new, unwrapped gift in exchange for an envelope of prizes.

“Our community is unbelievable,” said Little. “There’s not another one like it that just shows up and gives and gives and gives.”

Along with the radio station, the drive and gift distribution is sponsored by Numerica Credit Union, the Kennewick Police Department Foundation and Gregory Drilling.