Anna Sheffer
December 20, 2018 10:14 am

Christmas is just days away, and even former president Barack Obama is helping spread the holiday cheer (not that we’re surprised). Yesterday, December 19th, he filled in for Saint Nick himself, bringing gifts to sick children at a Washington, D.C. hospital. According to USA Today, the 44th president brought a red and white bag packed with presents while on a visit to the Washington Children’s National Health System. For added festivity, Obama wore a Santa hat and reportedly greeted patients with a “ho ho ho.” He delivered presents one room at a time, taking the opportunity to talk to the children and their families.

USA Today adds that the former president also left a recorded message for the families he didn’t have a chance to see personally. Before leaving, he thanked the hospital staff for their work.

Time notes that the 44th president has taken on the role of substitute Santa before. In 2017, he handed out gifts at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington. Our hearts may have just grown three sizes today.

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