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Local Police Deliver Holiday Cheer to Hospitalized Youth

Thursday, December 20, 2012

With the holiday season upon us, it's always nice to hear of local law enforcement efforts that bring holiday cheer to places that may otherwise be dismal. Just recently, Englewood and Englewood Cliffs officers were among those who contributed to the "Santa Response Team" effort to deliver Christmas to the children that occupy every pediatric floor of  Hackensack University Medical Center's Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital and Tomorrows Children. They not only delivered toys to these children, but a feeling of hope and a smile. Our police friendly business directory is so proud to support those that support and protect our local communities.

Source: Englewood-Englewood Cliffs Patch

Lines are never good. But these lines are particularly bad. You will not find them in toy stores or in malls. These lines are the pathways carved by unimaginable agony, yet tell a story of unceasing hope and incredible faith. These are the lines that map the faces of parents afflicted with the anguish of watching over, and caring for, their seriously ill children. Many of whom are dying.

Now in its 24th year, the Santa Response Team, organized by Closter police sergeant Don Nicoletti and consisting of PBA members from all over North Jersey, has brought Santa to Hackensack University Medical Center's Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital and Tomorrows Children to deliver Christmas to the children and families who occupy every pediatric floor--from oncology to recovery.

The sight of Santa and his team of law enforcement helpers, brought one young father to tears. Behind his shoulder lay his infant son in a hospital crib unaware of his first, and last, Christmas.

"He won't make it through the night," he somehow managed to explain through his tears. "They're taking him off life support today."

"I thought he'd never live to see Santa," he wept. "But here's Santa. This is a Christmas miracle."

Santa learned upon walking into one room to deliver toys that the four-year old boy laying in the bed did not speak English. The boy's tired little eyes lit up as he lifted his head as best he could from his wrinkled pillow to listen as Santa spoke to him in Spanish.

In addition to delivering to hospitals and shelters, The Santa Response Team also helps families in need. Local PBA's often receive requests from families with special needs and their goal is to fulfill those wish lists.

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