LB Firefighters Join Santa Claus in a Visit to Miller Children’s Hospital

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LBFD at Miller Childrens Hospital

Left: Pediatric patient Eileen (4) tells Santa that she wants a doll dressed in pink for Christmas.
Right: Members of the Long Beach Fire Department for Kids Program pair up with Santa to spread holiday cheer to the patients and families at Miller Children’s.

On Dec. 19, more than 20 firefighters and Santa Claus joined Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach pediatric patients as part of the annual LBFD for Kids holiday visit. For more than 15 years, members of the Long Beach Fire Department have teamed up with Santa to serve as elves to deliver gifts to pediatric patients too sick to leave the hospital.

“There’s no greater feeling than making these kids happy during a time that can otherwise be very difficult,” says Captain Greg Curiel, Fire Station 2, Long Beach Fire Department. “The LBFD for Kids program has contributed to spreading holiday cheer for more than 15 years and we’re always proud to bring smiles to all the patients and families that we meet.” 

Members of the Long Beach Fire Department lent a helping hand to Santa by pulling wagons full of toys, coloring books and fire hats through the hallways, visiting patients at their bedside and stopped by each playroom.

The event is coordinated by the LBDF for Kids and the Child Life Department at
Miller Children’s. The Child Life Program was developed to help make the hospital experience more positive for children of all ages. Child Life Specialists plan individualized and group programs that help children adjust to their hospital stay and promote the continuity of normal, daily childhood activities.

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