On Christmas morning, several members of the GraVoc team joined forces with volunteers from Santa’s Magic to visit patients and deliver gifts at the West Roxbury VA Hospital along with other hospitals in the Boston area. Donning one of the two Santa suits was our CEO, David Gravel, who brought joy to patients, veterans, and their families in his head-to-toe Santa outfit.

Santa’s Magic was created by Jim Nentwig in 1982 as a way to bring the holiday spirit to his wife, Elizabeth, as she was in the hospital battling cancer. Elizabeth lost her battle with cancer shortly after that Christmas, and since then Jim and his sons have continued the tradition in her honor, and they have since expanded the Santa’s Magic program into a successful non-profit organization that provides hundreds of patients with gifts, flowers, and visits from Santa.

The mission of Santa’s Magic is simple – to brighten the lives of hospital patients and their loved ones, bring the joy of the holiday season to our hospitalized and aging veterans and give a moment of happiness to the families of our armed forces serving our nation overseas. Santa’s Magic achieves these goals by paying personal visits on Christmas Day and other special occasions, providing special gifts, fellowship, and cheer at this very special time of year.

No greater gift can be given than the gift of joy through the patient’s smile, hugs and the appreciation for the simple time that we spent with them. We admire and thank Jim and his family for continuing this beautiful tradition as we will be back on the sleigh next year to keep this spirit alive.

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