Children at St. Luke's receive special gifts from Ada County Paramedics

Posted at 4:25 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 18:25:45-05

The kids at St. Luke's Children's Hospital received a very special delivery Friday, but the elves weren't from the North Pole, they came from Ada County Paramedics.

"We're out here delivering toys. We had a lot of our employees from Ada County really high turn out as you can see, donated a lot of presents for us and now we are here delivering it to the pediatric intensive care units," said Ryan Hutt with Ada County Paramedics.

With hundreds of gifts, every child was made to feel special. Each package was hand-delivered with a smile for each and every child.

"It's hard because you know they are here for a bad reason but you just want to give them a little bit of happiness," said Hutt.

For Kyrn, a simple coloring book set was enough to make the pain of cancer go away, if only for a moment.

"She loves art and she loves that sort of thing," said Jacob Schaaf, Kyrn's father. "It was just amazing for her to get a gift like that with the coloring book and the sharpie markers." 

While it can serve as something to keep the kids busy and pass the time, it wasn't just for those who were sick. Take Dulce, for example, whose older brother Jorge is battling cancer who was beyond excited to receive a gift. 

"A lot of the kids here have siblings and you can see the joy in their eyes as well when they come in and usually we try to give them some type of present as well because they are in the same boat as their family members that are in here," explained Hutt.

While it may seem like a very small gesture compared to the battle these kids are facing, for the kids, this one small act of kindness is enough to make their day just a little brighter. 

"It can mean the world," said Schaaf.