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Mrs. Kennedy Visits DC Children's Hospital

Dec. 12, 1961 - Mrs. Kennedy visited the District of Columbia Children’s Hospital with two baskets full of gifts today. The First Lady spent a half hour visiting with some of the 200 patients in the hospital and saw that each got one of the presents — a transparent Christmas tree ornament with the figure of a musician inside. A 5-year-old boy in one of the wards bounded up and greeted her: “Hello, Mrs. Santa Claus — I mean, Mrs. Kennedy.” Several of the children, especially those on the floor for teenagers, said, “Gee, she’s pretty.” As she left, Mrs. Kennedy turned to the hospital staff accompanying her and said, “I don’t know when I’ve been more touched.”

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