Firefighters Deliver Gifts to Hospitals

The Bismarck Fire Department helped warm the hearts of young patients today. Firefighters delivered gifts to young patients at both Bismarck hospitals.
Christmas came early for children in Bismarck hospitals. Firefighters delivered books and toys to sick children. Their first stop was at St. Alexius, where they visited families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatrics.

"I didn't know they did stuff like that. It's really neat. When they told me yesterday if it was ok if the firefighters brought some presents, I said, 'Yeah, that's fine with me. I'd like that.' So, he's already becoming a little famous guy," says Surran Little Soldier.

Every Christmas, the Bismarck Fire Department partners up with businesses to buy gifts for hospitalized children. It's an old tradition they started back up a few years ago, and they plan to continue doing it as long as the hospitals allow them inside.

"This time of year is about giving. It's about helping others. And I truly believe that kids are important and if we can help put a smile on their face on days like today, you know,  that makes a difference. It makes a world of difference to me," says Capt. Luke Teagle, Bismarck Fire Department. 

But it's not just the families who get something out of the deliveries. Teagle says it's a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

"Everybody who participates in this in our department enjoys it. Whether we're out shopping or wrapping or actually coming here today presenting the gifts. Everybody has a good time doing it," says Teagle.

For firefighters, it's one of the least stressful and most joyous parts of their job.
Several businesses helped out by donating money and gifts.

If you're interested in donating for next year's event, contact the Bismarck Fire Department at 355-1400.

Reported by Krista Harju