The 20th annual visit to the childrens’ hospital in Dortmund has been a matter close to Borussia Dortmund's heart for many years now. The coach and players turned up right on time in the run up to Christmas to make the childrens’ eyes light up with presents, autographs…and of course a whole host of photographs.
As soon as the team bus was within sight, the excitement grew amongst the waiting children. Nuri Sahin, Marcel Schmelzer and Sven Bender were the first players to be recognised from a distance. Both they and all the other BVB pros took a lot of time and were happy to have a chat with the children and their parents.
"It is nice when you can create that little bit of magic and bring a smile to the faces of the children and the parents through a few small gestures," said coach Thomas Tuchel.
The children were delighted about the presents that the Borussia players brought along, but much more so they were happy about having a chat, getting a hug and getting some autographs from their idols.
"It goes without saying that we will visit the children's hospital to make the children happy," said Schmelzer. "We very much much like to spend time here. You see the children's eyes light up - that makes us very happy." Simply click on the video above for more.