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This Halloween/Christmas mashup turns Houston witches into elves and everyone leaves with a present

This Halloween/Christmas mashup turns Houston witches into elves

167 A patient talks with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus  brighten the holidays for patients at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers. Photo by Pete Baatz
14 Cora Sue Mach, from left, Sidney Faust and Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
Santa's "elves" Cora Sue Mach, from left, and Sidney Faust with Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer. Photo by Pete Baatz
75 Judi McGee, left, and Carolyn Mann at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
Santa's "elves" Judi McGee, left, and Carolyn Mann. Photo by Pete Baatz
18 A patient picks out a toy at the holiday party at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
More than 300 young patients received a gift from the holiday party, many able to pick their own from those collected.  Photo by Pete Baatz
112 A patient poses with Santa at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
Photos with Santa. Photo by Pete Baatz
54 A patient gets her face painted at the holiday party at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
Face painting at the holiday event. Photo by Pete Baatz
35 A patient smiles with Santa after receiving a gift at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
A patient smiles with Santa after receiving a gift. Photo by Pete Baatz
167 A patient talks with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
14 Cora Sue Mach, from left, Sidney Faust and Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
75 Judi McGee, left, and Carolyn Mann at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
18 A patient picks out a toy at the holiday party at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
112 A patient poses with Santa at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
54 A patient gets her face painted at the holiday party at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014
35 A patient smiles with Santa after receiving a gift at Santa visits Texas Children's Cancer Center December 2014

What: Holiday party for Texas Children’s cancer and hematology patients.

Where: In the festooned lobby of Texas Children's Cancer Center.

The 411: Playing friendly witches each Halloween, besties Cora Sue Mach and Sidney Faust throw a midday Halloween bash for which the cost of admission is an unwrapped toy or two. Come December the ladies drop the witches attire and don Santa's hats as they transport the toys to the hospital for a holiday party and toy giveaway. They were joined in their merriment this year by additional "elves" Elsie Eckert, Pat Ponthier, Carolyn Mann and Judi McGee.

Santa Claus and his Mrs. joined in the merry-making that included a juggler, face painting and a holiday sing-along. There was plenty of child-friendly eats including chicken nuggets, fried mac and cheese, pizza and a load of yummy desserts.

Each child attending the party was able to select a toy, all collected at the Halloween party. After Santa hopped back in his sleigh, the "elves" made rounds on the hospital’s inpatient cancer floor to deliver gifts to patients who were hospitalized during the holiday season and too ill to attend the party.

In all, more than 300 patients received gifts and four iPads were donated to the Child Life Team. Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, medical director of the Long-Term Survivor Clinic at the cancer center, was on hand to thank the "elves."