Greenwich Fire Fighters Deliver Toys to Pediatric Specialty Center at Greenwich Hospital

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Fire Fighters Toy Donation

Twenty members of the Greenwich Fire Fighters Local 1042, Group 3, delivered holiday cheer along with $700 worth of toys to the Pediatric Specialty Center at Greenwich Hospital on Wednesday.

“We never want to see kids in the hospital, especially during the holidays,” said Daniel Natale, fire fighter. “But if they are here, they’ll have plenty of activity books, games and toys to keep them occupied.” Natale began the gift-giving tradition following the birth of his daughter on Christmas eve at Greenwich Hospital a dozen years ago.

Most of the toys were purchased at North Street Pharmacy in Greenwich. Sonali Costa, pharmacist and owner, was so moved by the effort that the store donated about $200 worth of toys to the hospital, said Natale. Some of the firefighter’s children donated gifts, too.

“This is wonderful,” said Christine Beechner, vice president for Patient Experience at Greenwich Hospital, of the stack of toys in the pediatric nursing station. “We’re extremely grateful to the Greenwich Fire Department for these gifts and their service to the community. These gifts will bring smiles to the faces of our youngest patients now and well into next year!”

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Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.