From canines to hockey players to superheroes, the children in the acute care pediatrics unit at Royal University Hospital were treated to some special visits leading up to Christmas.

A boy and a Blades player

Blades player Ryan Graham gives a gift to a teenage boy in the pediatric ward at RUH. Gifts were donated by The Children’s Wish Foundation.

On December 16, Ryan Graham and Nick Zajac, members of the Saskatoon Blades junior hockey team, spent time on the unit, visiting children and handing out gifts provided by the Children’s Wish Foundation.

A pile of presents with representatives from Saskatoon Health Region Staff, Children's Wish Foundation and Saskatoon Blades.

The Children’s Wish Foundation partnered with the Saskatoon Blades to bring gifts to the children on the unit.

The dog with a child and his mother

A police dog was quite happy to spend some time with the youngsters during the K9 for Kids program.

On December 17, a very special dog came to spread Christmas cheer at the Unit. Sgt. Ingram and Const. Panarmoff of the Saskatoon Police Service joined members of the RCMP, Prince Albert Police Service, Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management, and Regional Psychiatric Centre on the ward as part of the K9 for Kids program.  The program, which involves a visit from an actual police dog, aims to provide joy and comfort to kids who will be spending their Christmas in the hospital.

The officers handed out gifts to the children, while their canine officer offered them some affection.

Officers hand out presents

The officers came with little gifts for the kids as well.

The police dog and a bag of gifts

The dog helped hand out presents to the youngsters.

On December 22, three superheroes paid a visit, much to the delight of at least one superfan in the unit. Batman, Supergirl and Superman came by to drop off some gifts and answer questions about their special abilities. And on December 23, a group of carollers visited the ward to lift the spirits of the kids.

Santa has even informed the staff that he will make a special appearance on Christmas Day.

These special visits are all in addition to the regular programming for kids on the unit, which include therapy dog visits, storytime with the Saskatoon Public Library, and crafts with the Mendel Art Caravan.

A boy with the superheroes

Batman, Supergirl and Superman talked with some of their biggest fans in the unit and handed out some presents.