St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage kicked off its celebration of Christmas with a toy drive and Christmas tree lighting. Each year, St. Joseph’s staff creates a free, magical wonderland at the hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Claus visit the hospital, along with their team of elves, to the delight of young children. But that’s not all, there’s a Snow Queen, a Christmas bear and the Grinch! Children are invited to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and Mrs. Claus has a special Christmas book in which she records the gifts. Amazement ensues when it seems that Santa knows if they’ve been bad or good and gifts are distributed. Reindeer girls deliver hot chocolate and candy canes to all.  This year, Hunter EMS,  above, assisted as St. Joseph staff, Mr. Claus and the Grinch, along with Hunter paramedic Sal Cinquemani stuffed the ambulance with toys for needy children.

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