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“When Santa connects with the child, you see their eyes light up and their heart open, and it’s just a sweet moment,” reflects Bob Anger, who has been wearing the red suit as Santa Claus for more than 25 years.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“I always come to the annual holiday party because I love visiting all of my friends,” gushes Barbie, who joined the party at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“It’s really nice to have people come here and show their love and support,” believes Evelyn Rodriguez, mother to five-month-old Aria Arce.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We host art workshops every quarter on different units of the hospital”,” explains Talya Katzman, supervisor for volunteer services at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “It’s a fun, creative way to get patients out of their [...]

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“Petting the dogs is very, very therapeutic,” explains Lindsay Kim, a registered nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We’re not curing cancer, but I know we’ve made a difference,” believes Anna Liau, a People-Animal Connection (PAC) volunteer.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“The dogs always make her smile,” reveals Lisa Salgado, mother of 26-year-old Maria Salgado. Christmas carol singing People-Animal Connection volunteers visited the Salgado family at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“People singing and bringing the dogs makes me so happy,” confesses Yacoob Madha, a patient at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“We sang Christmas carols with dogs, and it was really transformative,” reflects Luke Apodaca, a UCLA College of Letters and Sciences student who volunteered to help the People-Animal Connection (PAC) dog teams at

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

Landing in the hospital around the holidays isn’t pleasant  -- unless you’re a group of United Airlines pilots, flight attendants and volunteers arriving to deliver teddy bears and good cheer to young patients at the Mattel Children’s Unit [...]

By uclahealth • December 17, 2019