As some of the youngest in South Florida will be spending the Christmas holiday in the hospital, one local police department wanted to brighten their day with gifts and a visit from Santa Claus.
Miramar Police officers, along with the jolly Mr. Claus and his wife, delivered toys to patients at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood on Sunday for the ninth straight year. Officers visited the Pediatric Intensive Care unit in hopes of bringing a smile to the children and their families.
The event was organized after Officer Carlos Villalona lost his 20-month-old daughter, Amanda Ariana Villalona, in June 2009 after a battle with cancer. During her time, she was treated at the hospital in the Pediatric ICU.