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Published December 25, 2012, 09:07 PM

Firefighters bringing Christmas to children in local hospitals

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For the many kids who had to spend Christmas in a hospital bed, holiday cheer may be a little harder to find.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For the many kids who had to spend Christmas in a hospital bed, holiday cheer may be a little harder to find.

But when you take a closer look inside of Sanford in Fargo, it's overflowing, thanks to local fire fighters.

It's a Christmas miracle for 5-year-old Taylah Erickson, who has to spend her holiday in the hospital. And thanks to Santa's helpers bringing gifts from the Fargo Fire Department…

Capt. Jesse Schmidt, Fargo Fire Dept.: "Firefighters donate portions of their paychecks"

She has a few extra reasons to smile.

Wanda Hoffmann, Taylah’s Grandmother: “It was awesome. I mean, that's the best thing they can do for these kids and some of them here are way worse than she is.”

Taylah is just one of about 40 children.

Hoffman: "They thought maybe she was having seizures"

Who woke up Christmas morning at Sanford Children's hospital, but who now all have gifts to open.

Schmidt: "Ideally it would be great if we got here and everybody was already at home, you know. But that's just not the way it is. So we try and make a difference."

Hoffmann: "Oh I just think it's awesome that these people do this for these kids."

A generous act that brings a holiday full of hope.

Schmidt: "The smile on kids' faces says it all"

Fargo firefighters also delivered presents to children staying at Essentia Health.

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