NBA All Star Maverick Luka Doncic makes a holiday surprise for children in the hospital back in Slovenia according to a Dallas Morning News article from December 21. In it they say,
“It’s the season of giving, and Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic recently spread some Christmas cheer to children in need.
This week, Doncic surprised nearly 200 patients at a children’s hospital in his home country, Slovenia. The two-time All-Star arranged the delivery of hundreds of toys and gifts to patients at Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Center Ljubljana, including Jordan clothing and a signed photo and note from Doncic.
Since the patients unfortunately have to spend the holidays in the hospital, each patient also received a gift voucher to use once they leave.
“These children are going through so much. I just hope this gives them a little bit of happiness during these difficult times,” said Doncic in a release. “I hope they feel better soon, so they can get back to doing what they love. I’m thinking of them and I wish the children and their families a happy New Year in 2022.”
Doctors and officials of the hospital can only express their gratitude and amazement towards Doncic and his efforts in giving back to the community where he is now regarded as a national hero according to a North Texas e-News article from December 23 which reports,
“Marko Pokorn, MD, Ph.D., medical director of the Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Center Ljubljana, said the delivery is so meaningful, especially this time of the year.
“Some of the most seriously ill children from around Slovenia are treated here at the Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Center Ljubljana,” said Dr. Pokorn. “While we do everything we can to create a comfortable and enjoyable environment, we are always extremely grateful for donations and community support. To have Luka, a national hero of Slovenia, find the time to think of these kids is just amazing! We are incredibly thankful for all he has done to bring a smile to these kids this holiday season.”
A world leader in specialized pediatric medicine, the Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Center Ljubljana has around 130 children hospitalized every day with more than 200 daily clinical visits.
“It’s really hard to spend a long time at the clinic, especially during the holidays,” said 12-year-old patient Hana. “Since the pandemic, we don’t get to have as many visitors or daily activities to pass the time. So when we’re surprised with gifts from a global star like Luka, it’s a good day! I am really thankful for all he did for us.”
Apart from the signed photo, note, and merchandise from Doncic, the children also received a personal video where he wished them well.