Santa surprises children at St. Christopher's & home
PHILADELPHIA - December 24, 2012 (WPVI) -- Santa came bringing hope and happiness to families at Saint Christopher's Hospital who have had anything but lately.
16-year-old Jose Toledo was recently diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. He got candy and gift cards for Target and iTunes.
"It's amazing. I really am thankful for all the things Santa brought me," Jose said.
"Bring a smile to his face, that's what makes me happy," Jose's mother Belinda Toledo said.
Conrad Heckmann, a volunteer with the Committee to Benefit the Children, says it's the smiles that keep them doing this every year. And it couldn't be done without the help of students at LaSalle High School.
"All year long they raise money, they wrap the gifts, they buy the gifts," Heckmann said.
Social workers at the hospital also do all they can to try to get kids out of the hospital at least for the holidays.
And Santa can then visit them at home, bringing gifts for the whole the family like the Williams family in South Philadelphia.
11-year-old Zaire Williams who has a blood disorder was speechless when he got a PlayStation 3.
His younger brother Jamir who got a bike and sister Kiaira were also pretty pleased.
"I got clothes from American Eagle, one of my favorite stores," Kiaira said.
The Williams tell me they have had a tough year financially and this special visit the day before Christmas is one they will never forget.
"I am so happy, the kids are so excited, this is wonderful and I really appreciate this," Zaire's mother Badia Childs said.
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