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December 19, 2005
Media Advisory - Toronto Fire Fighters visit Paediatrics Christmas Party
  
Santa Claus joins Councillor Sylvia Watson, Fire Chief Bill Stewart, and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association (TPFFA) as the Pumper 426 crew brings an early Christmas to 200 children at the 8th Annual Paediatric Christmas Party at St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

Date: Monday, December 19
Time: 6:45 p.m. (Santa arrives)
Location: St. Joseph’s Health Centre, 30 The Queensway
1st Floor Barnicke Wing, back of cafeteria

“The joy and enthusiasm of these children when Santa arrives is wonderful to see. A big thank you to Toronto Fire Fighters for making this happen,” said Councillor Sylvia Watson, Parkdale-High Park.

“Toronto Fire Services is pleased to return for an eighth consecutive year with Santa Claus bringing an early Christmas to children at St. Joseph’s Health Centre,” said Fire Chief Bill Stewart.

The TPFFA Local 3888 will present a $1,000 cheque to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Child Life Program. “Toronto Fire Fighters are honoured to bring joy to the community that we protect,”said Scott Marks, President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association.

The Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive continues accepting donations until December 24. All 81 Toronto fire stations accept new, unwrapped toys and sporting goods. Fire Fighters distribute gifts to children of all ages, from infants to teens in their seventeenth year. Gifts are especially needed for teenagers. Donations are sorted and then taken to children at dozens of hospitals, emergency shelters and needy family agencies throughout the holiday season, including Christmas Day.

Help make a child’s holiday fire-safe and special. For information about fire safety, visit http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention.

Media should park in the hospital’s parking garage located on Sunnyside Avenue just off the Queensway. Please tell the garage attendant you are a member of the media to receive a parking voucher. Please enter the Health Centre through the main entrance and follow the event’s signs to the Cafeteria.


Media contacts:

Captain Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services
(office) 416-338-9319
(pager) 416-334-5223

Sabrina Divell
St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s Public Affairs Department
416-530-6486 ext. 4259


 

 

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