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Holiday Helpers: Elvis brings joy to children

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By The Staff

Sometimes when we think of a red suit we bring to mind the jolly old Santa Claus.

But recently there was a man in a red suit that did not appear to be Santa, but he sure brought smiles on little ones faces as though he was.

On Wednesday Nov. 12,  Todd Bodenheimer - along with four other “elves” - visited Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Todd had collected toys and books over the weeks, which he took to the children at the hospital.

The staff and the children warmly greeted him.

Todd is an “Elvis Tribute Artist” and this was done in memory of his late manager James Spratt who passed away on Sept. 18.

One of Spratt’s dreams was to have the children have joy and happiness.

Along with Todd, Glenna Spratt carried out her husband’s dream.

Todd visited many kids, and one little boy named Kyle Napper three years old, who was admitted for a heart problem, was not sure if Elvis was someone he wanted near, but when Todd gave him a toy, his smile said it all.

There are two children from Bullitt County that are the nephew and niece of Mrs. Spratt - Keatin Roach and Shelby Krebs - both have been patients at Kosair and have benefited from the excellent doctors and nursed that are there.         

Todd along with Glenna Spratt would like to thank all of those that were involved with seeing that these dreams happen.

A special thanks to Jessica Brockman of the Paroquet Springs Conference Center, Kevin Grissam Jamboree, and El Nopal of Fern Valley.

So when you see a man in a red suit don’t be surprised that it won’t be “Elvis” bringing joy and making hearts filled with warmth and love.