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Published December 25, 2011, 09:02 PM

Firefighters Lift spirits of Children in Hospitals

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A long standing tradition continues. Fargo firefighters lifted the spirits of children stuck in the hospital over the holiday.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A long standing tradition continues. Fargo firefighters lifted the spirits of children stuck in the hospital over the holiday.

A crew of on-duty firefighters spent Christmas morning visiting eight sick children, from infants to seven years old. Firefighters handed out toys, ipods, and stuffed animals at Sanford. The crew at Essentia was surprised to find out the child it expected to see had been sent home. The tradition started 21 years ago when a firefighters son didn't think Santa would find him in the hospital.

William Wright of Bismarck says, “I really appreciate that they are here for us. Any support helps and this is a good Christmas for me.”

Firefighters donate money for those gifts.

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