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Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS
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Santa Claus greets the children at St. Mary's Healthcare System for Children on Dec. 15.

A group of big-hearted firefighters from a firehouse based in Bayside spread some major holiday cheer to children in the community last week.

Members of Engine Company 320 and Ladder Company 167 showed up at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside on Thursday, Dec. 15, with dozens of toys for the kids eagerly awaiting their arrival inside.

Larger-than-life dogs Hot Dog and Siren — mascots for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) — and Mr. Met himself also made their rounds at the festive gathering in the hospital’s lobby, high-fiving and dancing with the children to holiday songs sung by a group of merry carolers.

Later, the big red man himself, Santa Claus, arrived at the scene to the cheers of young and old. After greeting the children and handing out toys, Santa led colorful renditions of merry favorites like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Santa and the carolers then took to the halls of the hospital to visit and sing to patients at their bedside.

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children provides health and quality of life services for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions. It is the largest provider of long-term care for children with complex medical conditions in the state.

Check out a photo gallery of the joyful holiday celebration below.



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