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Kennedy Krieger Institute Celebrates Christmas Early

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Children at the Kennedy Krieger Institute got an early Christmas Wednesday.

Andrea Fujii reports members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra gave them a private concert while Santa made a surprise visit.

This is the fifth year the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra or Santa’s elves has played for children at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

“We can be Santa Claus, we have instruments. We can bring music to kids who can’t come to us, and it’s something rewarding to do,” said Michael Lisicky, BSO oboist.

Kennedy Krieger cares for children with brain injuries or disorders, like 6-year-old Andrew Mueting who just heard his favorite song.

Then straight from the North Pole the oboe-playing Santa appeared.

All the children received gifts donated by the BSO.

The rest of the gifts will be left for future patients who may spend Christmas here.

Mueting is impressed with his selection.

“It’s semi-filled with hot wheel cars,” said Mueting.

“It makes the days go quicker here and it’s a good thing, it’s a good thing,” said Paula Mueting, Andrew’s mother.

Bringing holiday cheer to the most vulnerable is a tradition the BSO hopes to continue for a long time.

The Kennedy Krieger Institute treats up to 16,000 patients every year.

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