LBFD Kids Beach Fest Day an Annual Success at Millers Children’s Hospital

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On the morning of Thursday, August the 19th, 2010 the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) was in attendance at Millers Children’s Hospital to participate in the annual “Beach Fest Day” which is part of the LBFD Kids Program.  The mission of the program has always been to enhance the lives and well being of the chronically ill children at Millers Hospital through smiles and laughter.  This year about 17 on-duty and off-duty firefighters spent time with young patients escorting them around to various activities that were set up in the large tropically themed conference room.

The event transformed the room into an enormous tropical beach setting that included a backdrop of a very large screen that had projected fish swimming amongst a coral reef.  Members from LBFD Kids and Millers Hospital greeted the children wearing straw hats and leis.  From there the children would go to various stations that had everything from face painting, to ring tossing, to even a unique and exciting bubble show.  The DJ also held a hula-hoop contest to those brave enough to take on the challenge.  To fit the theme of the event, there were also Polynesian dancers, professional big wave surfers, and even a real pirate from a major Hollywood film in attendance for the kids to talk to and take pictures with.  For those who got hungry from all of the activities, food and beverages were also provided for everyone as well as some very decorative fruit displays that looked amazing.

Once again this marked another successful year at “Beach Fest Day.”  A sincere Thank You to Captain Greg Curiel for once again organizing the event and to all that volunteered to make this day a success.

For more information on this event or future programs through the LBFD Kids Organization, please contact Captain Greg Curiel.

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