Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Unfortunately, some children must spend their holidays in the hospital. And that’s why Green Bay Metro firefighters spent this day playing Santa at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital.
With arms full of gifts meant to make any child smile – Green Bay Metro firefighters walk the halls of St. Vincent Children’s Hospital.
“Hello there. We have some gifts for you from us,” said two firefighters after knocking on a patient’s door.
Each playing Santa, looking forward to spreading a little joy.
“To be able to see the smile on their faces and take away from the situation they are in right now – it makes everything worth it,” said Firefighter Ryan Hintz.
For the last eight years firefighters have been coming here, many wearing their gear, going from room to room for quick bedside visits with these hospitalized children and their families.
“It’s an opportunity just to give back and bring hope and joy in a toy,” said Fire Department Chaplin Andrew Collins.
A dump truck helped this little boy and his family forget they’ve been in the hospital for days as he fights RSV.
“We hope you guys are able to get healthy soon and get back home,” said Hintz to the boy’s family.
“It gets a little monotonous around here. It’s nice to have a nice change of pace and see a friendly smiling face,” said the boy’s father.
A gift of makeup for this young girl, being treated after a seizure, had the very same impact.
“Made it a little bit easier for her, to have so much given to her and helped her forget what’s going on a little bit I think,” said her mother.
“They are the best, they make us smile. We look forward to this every year, they are by far the best team of people we could work with,” said Ashley Thompson of HSHS St. Vincent Hospital.
They are firefighters determined to bring joy to children hospitalized during the Christmas season.
“If you can bring just a glimmer of joy to someone, that’s the reward,” Collins said.
Happily handing out gifts – each delivered from the heart.