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Mamaroneck Firemen, Santa Bring Toys to Children's Hospital

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department enlisted the help of Santa Claus to deliver the 300 toys collected through its Dec. 11 toy drive to the kids of the Blythedale Children's Hospital Monday.

Wednesday, Felix Hughes and first assistant fire chief Robert Pecchia returned to Mt. Pleasant for WPLJ's 20th Annual live broadcast and auction from Blythedale, which houses the only public school district in New York created to educate a hospital population.

"They invited us to the WPLJ show," said Hughes of the Blythedale Children's Hospital. "It's their last show for the year and they have a bunch of different artists go up there and sing."

This year's broadcast featured Rob Thomas, Gavin Degraw, the Fray, Matt Nathanson and Holiday Express. "It was a really good day," Hughes said. "They do a good thing for the kids."

Hughes and Pecchia said they were happy to see the kids smiling faces for the fourth time that they’ve visited this year.

"This year, for the first time, we went to Blythedale Children's Hospital and did a Christmas in July ," said Chris Szymanowski, VOMFD fire chief. "Just this past weekend, we partnered with Molly Spillane's for a toy drive. And today we went to the hospital and gave about 150 toys away."

The firemen went from class to class to hand out the gifts with Santa Claus in-tow.

"We collected a total of 300, which will be given out as the week goes on to some of the kids that are a little too sick," Szymanowski said. "But the nurses have assured us that they will be getting those toys."

Also this week, Szymanowski gave a year-end report for his department to the village board of trustees. The VOMFD responded to 839 calls for help through today, including four structure fires, 20 confined fires (inside structure), 12 car fires, 19 outside fires, 47 car accidents (may have involved extraction or fluid spill), nine elevator emergencies, 10 water rescue calls, 76 gas leaks and/or carbon monoxide calls, 49 wire down calls, 29 water leaks and 27 hazardous conditions, he said.

They responded to 100 calls within a 24-hour period during Tropical Storm Irene alone.

For the Village of Mamaroneck Police Department's year-end report, click here .

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