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Santa Monica Fire Department

“Where are Santa’s reindeer?” wonders eight-year-old Arturo Hernandez. Santa Claus and the Santa Monica Fire Department visited patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in By uclahealth • January 3, 2020

“I was happy to see everybody in uniform. I saw the Chief from the Fire Department and got to talk to him,” grins 20-year-old Juan Jose Torres, a patient at UCLA Medical [...]

By uclahealth • January 3, 2020

“We do this out of the kindness of our hearts and the desire to come out and show these kids that we care about them,” reveals James Altman, division chief in training for the Santa Monica Fire Department. “We come with Santa Claus to spread some cheer and give toys [...]

By uclahealth • January 3, 2020

“Santa comes in on the fire truck, and we wrap gifts and pass them out,” smiles Laila Ramji, the Child Life Manager at Mattel Children’s Hospital, Santa Monica.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019

“When Santa connects with the child, you see their eyes light up and their heart open, and it’s just a sweet moment,” reflects Bob Anger, who has been wearing the red suit as Santa Claus for more than 25 years.

By uclahealth • December 20, 2019
“My grandfather passed away from a stroke, so getting involved was something near and dear to my heart,” says Matt Hill, paramedic and captain with the Santa Monica Fire Department who works on the UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit. “Whenever the Mobile [...]
By uclahealth • March 4, 2019