Sick Kids in Hospitals Photographed with Santa and Photoshopped into Most Magical Christmassy Sceneries

“The children love seeing the finished images, for many of them they are totally surprised. For some, it’s been the last family photo before their child has passed on. It’s an emotional ride for our team who become close with these families. The idea sprouted from a conversation between myself and Adam Cubito (Heart Project co-founder) in 2016. We knew that Photographic Art had the ability to transport kids into another world and realized that this would be an incredible project to run in a hospital where many families couldn’t return home for Christmas”, shared co-founder and Story Art creator of ‘The Heart Project’, Karen Alsop. “What we do is truly precious and we wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Love is always wanted and this exceptional non-profit organization called ‘The Heart Project’ has been doing a marvelous job for the past couple of year. Since 2016 volunteers have been visiting hospitals and photographing sick children sitting with Santa. Those photos would get photoshopped into magical scenes from the North Pole, bringing incredible joy to the younglings and their families. It started at one hospital in Melbourne, but now organization quickly spread to global love sharing. This year Santa and his professional photographers have visited 10 hospitals and hospices in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Christchurch, Auckland, Canada, Bristol UK, and North Devon UK. The organization has their own very special Santa who travels with them around the world and he’s the heart of the Christmas spirit. Sometimes he can’t come and Santas all around the world jump in to take his place and bring joy to these kids. More than 200 children have been visited thus far. “Our mission has always been to put a smile on the face of families who are doing it tough at Christmas by making them escape reality – even for a day.” This project is a reminder as well to everyone on Earth to spread joy, love, and happiness and help others in need whenever they can. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!!

Photo credits: Ben Shirk

Photo credits: Estelle Trueman
Photo credits: Jason Ulsrud
Photo credits: Karen Alshop

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Photo credits: Richard Wood

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Photo credits: Christmas Wish Team
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Photo credits: Karen Alshop
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