Tucson Firefighters make a Santa-sized toy delivery to TMC for Children

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They’re not dressed in your typical Santa suits, but Tucson firefighters played St. Nick today, dropping off a new toy chest for TMC for Children chock-full of toys for pint-sized patients.

The chest – which looks like a mini fire truck – provides toys to children who are undergoing medical procedures or who just need a little boost during their stay.

“It is our pleasure to be able to partner with TMC for Children,” said Joe Gulotta, Tucson Fire Department assistant chief. “Day in and day out, there are clinical folks who work hard to get these children better. Our hope is that this is another resource for them – that these toys bring a smile to a child who is having a tough time. Even if it’s for one minute out of their day, we want to take their mind off the problems they’re experiencing. We want to give them something else to focus their attention on other than the reason they’re in the hospital.”

Helping out children in need is in line with what these first responders do every day. Gulotta adds that TFD has teddy bears stocked on their fire trucks in the event they encounter a child on scene who needs to be comforted. “We meet children who have been in bad accidents or experienced a fire at their home. Or maybe their parent is sick and they’re scared about what’s happening. It’s amazing how a simple teddy bear can re-direct their attention and give them something else to think about.”

Gulotta says TFD has been fortunate to have such great sponsors who support the project wholeheartedly including the Tucson Firefighters Association, Old Pueblo Rotary Club as well as two local businesses, Mr. Janitor and Signs Now Tucson.

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