These pictures of sick kids at the North Pole will melt your heart

Kinderling News & Features

No one likes the feeling of being sick. Especially at Christmas. But sadly, there are heaps of kids who spend this time of year in hospital.

That’s why this merry team does such a stellar job. An initiative of volunteer organisation The HeART Project, The Christmas Wish Project began three years ago, but this is the first time it’s expanded to Australia and New Zealand.

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Making stops in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, Santa and his friends worked to capture a bit of magic for families in hospital.

“This year, some might say more than ever before, we’ve witnessed a world that could do with a little bit more love,” says Heart Project co-founder and Story Art creator, Karen Alsop. “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 – thanks to the power of photography and Photoshop,” she adds.

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What a beautiful story to remember as the next few hectic days arrive.

Check out the stunning final images below!

Edited by Kris Anderson.

Edited by Jason Ulsrud.

Edited by Karen Alsop.

Edited by Ben Shirk.

Edited by Richard Wood.