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Santa Visits Kids At Nyack Hospital

Empire Hook & Ladder Co. in Upper Nyack brings holiday cheer to sick children

Members of the recently brought some holiday cheer to children at by arranging an early visit from Santa.

Members of the fire department's Empire Hook and Ladder Co. in throw an annual holiday party for local children at their firehouse. Firefighters in the all-volunteer department said that as they were getting ready for the party, members brought up the idea of doing something to make the holidays nicer for children who are staying in the Pediatrics Department at Nyack Hospital.

The fire department connected with the The Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust, which in turn provided the toys that were distributed by Santa to the kids staying at the hospital.

And, as the firefighters were getting ready to take Santa (Nyack firefighter Teddy Ryder) to the hospital, a group of local Girl Scouts came up with more gifts for children in the Pediatrics Department.

Extra gifts were given to hospital nurses to use as gifts for new patients who come to their department.

This was the first holiday gift trip to the hospital for the firefighters, but they are hoping to make it an annual event.

Jeanne Isola Atzl December 24, 2011 at 03:49 PM
When my son was younger he was in the hospital at NYU a lot. He has Hydrocephalus and Epilepsy. Every year Santa would come by at Christmas time and visit the pediatric unit. It was really nice and made such a difference. I very happy to see they are doing this here. Thank you.
Barbara Quinn Thornton December 24, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Merry Christmas, Thanks Santa!
Ken McQuade December 24, 2011 at 05:11 PM
1098 is the best !
Mary Koshak December 26, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Great job guys and thanks for always being there.

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