Why this Iowa hospital is celebrating Christmas in July

Santa Claus made a special visit to St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on July 25, reports ABC affiliate KCRG.

The visit was part of the pediatric unit's second annual "Christmas in July" celebration. About 50 patients and their siblings visited with Santa and received presents donated by community members.

"It really means a lot to the kids," Cindy Peiffer, RN, a nurse at St. Luke's pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, told KCRG. "When they're admitted, they're sick. They don't feel well. If a nurse brings in a gift, it helps. It just kind of helps ease the anxiety and the stress."

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