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Sel Go visits children's hospital in her hometown on Christmas eve

Updated: Dec 25, 2016 09:55 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 25 (ANI): Looks like Selena Gomez, who has been laying low for quite some time now, has stepped out in a special effort to spread the Christmas joy.

On Christmas eve, the 24-year-old pop singer visited patients at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth in her native Texas, where she spent time with about 14 kids in the hospital's Child Life Zone play area, while also decorating cookies, reports E! Online.

"She was very sweet and amazing with the kids!" a source said, "There were some tears, so it was pretty emotional for some patients."

Saying that Gomez was "absolutely wonderful and genuine" the source added, "The hospital was so thankful she took time away from her family to visit children who can't be home this Christmas."

One of social media posts shared by the hospital said, "Thank you @selenagomez for stopping by the Child Life Zone this morning to visit with our patients and families who weren't able to be home this Christmas Eve!"

The 'Kill Them With Kindness' crooner also spent time with a patient named Madison, who is a big fan.

"Selena came to see Madison today! Love that she took time out of her busy schedule to make her day!" her mother wrote alongside a photo of the singer hugging the little girl in her hospital bed.

"Shelby and Madison both remember watching her on Barney, Wizards of Waverly Place and have been listening to her music for years! Such a great gift of kindness she showed us today!!" the mother added.

Earlier this year, Gomez took a break from the spotlight to seek treatment for depression and other side effects of chronic lupus.

She made her first public appearance since her hiatus in November at the 2016 American Music Awards, where she received 'Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist' award.(ANI)