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TODAY news for Thursday, December 15, 2005

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Pediatric patients transform LLUCH lobby for Christmas

Gingerbread houses
Gingerbread houses in the LLUCH lobby
The Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital lobby saw a festive transformation from tile to gingerbread. Pediatric patients created an entire village for skiers to swoosh down the white slopes above, a gondola to carry sightseers up the mountains, and a train to bring visitors, all made of gingerbread.

The transformation took place on Tuesday, November 29, when Children’s Hospital patients, members of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild, and bakers from the Inroads Baking Program gathered in the unit playrooms 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. Chef Kathy Lopez and bakers from the Inroads Baking Program donated gingerbread houses for the event. Jim and Jeanie Durbin donated their time to help design the village.

Through January 1, the public is invited to visit the Christmas Gingerbread Village in the Children’s Hospital lobby.

TODAY news for Thursday, December 15, 2005