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TODAY news for Thursday, December 14, 2006

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Pediatric patients transform LLUCH lobby for Christmas

The Children’s Hospital lobby experienced a festive transformation from tile to gingerbread on November 27 and 28. Pediatric patients created an entire village for miniature skiers to swoosh down white slopes above, complete with a gondola to carry sightseers up the mountains, a train to bring visitors, and houses for them all made of gingerbread.

The transformation took place when Children’s Hospital patients, and members of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild gathered in the Children’s Hospital lobby to decorate gingerbread houses with every kind of candy imaginable. The houses were then placed in the Christmas Gingerbread Village. This special, edible village—with gingerbread houses and candy cane fences—is a yearly tradition begun in 1995 by a Medical Center heart surgery patient.

The event is coordinated and made possible by the LLUCH Foundation and the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Inland Empire Guild. Jim and Jeanie Durbin donated their time to help design and place the village.

Through January 1, the public is invited to visit the Christmas Gingerbread Village in the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital lobby, located at 11234 Anderson Street in Loma Linda.

By Preston Clarke Smith
Jim Durbin, a.k.a Santa, receives a completed gingerbread house from Fontana resident Pablo Brito, 4.
Jim Durbin, a.k.a Santa, receives a completed gingerbread house from Fontana resident Pablo Brito, 4.
Steve Sanchez, a 10-year-old from San Bernardino, places gumdrops on his gingerbread rooftop.
Steve Sanchez, a 10-year-old from San Bernardino, places gumdrops on his gingerbread rooftop.
With the help of her mother Violet, 2-year-old Breanna Munton adds a pretzel window to the side of her gingerbread house.
With the help of her mother Violet, 2-year-old Breanna Munton adds a pretzel window to the side of her gingerbread house.
Pablo Brito and his mom decorate a gingerbread house.
Pablo Brito and his mom decorate a gingerbread house.
Carmen Ochoa, 13, of Palm Springs smiles as she inspects her gingerbread house.
Carmen Ochoa, 13, of Palm Springs smiles as she inspects her gingerbread house.
Aaron Medina, 8, from San Bernardino, prepares the roof of his gingerbread house for decorations with a base coat of frosting.
Aaron Medina, 8, from San Bernardino, prepares the roof of his gingerbread house for decorations with a base coat of frosting.

TODAY news for Thursday, December 14, 2006