MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)-Police showed up at a local children’s hospital on Friday, but they weren’t handing out tickets. They were handing out presents. It helped make a very special Christmas celebration for a boy who almost died on Halloween.
If you did not know better, you might it was the President of the United States who was about to arrive But to the kids at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, the visitor in this motorcade is an even bigger celebrity. For the past decade, the Maryland Heights Police Department has been coming to Ranken Jordan every year to deliver Santa Claus.
But Jolly St. Nick is not all they brought. A paddy wagon full of presents was filled by Maryland Heights officers who buy the gifts with money raised at their annual golf tournament. They also do the shopping and the wrapping.
Chief Bill Carson of the Maryland Heights Police Department says, “I think these kids have been through so much and if we can do something like this to brighten their holidays and make them happy it is worth every dime.”
And that includes Anthony Kofran. He’s the eleven year old from St. Charles almost killed after being hit by a truck while trick or treating. When we first introduced you to him a few weeks ago, he told us he wanted to grow up to be a paleontologist.
Apparently he told the same thing to someone else. He opened up his gift and inside was a T-Rex.
But this week, Santa was not Anthony’s only visitor.
“The policeman and his partner that reported what happened came and the firemen that got the truck off me came. And the Mayor of St. Charles and she actually told me I am the official assistant mayor of St. Charles.”
“And you got a dinosaur?” asked reporter Paul Schankman.
“Of course. That’s the best.”
For these kids, the best present of all of course would be better health. And thanks to the elves who work at Ranken Jordan. That`s exactly what they get.
The Maryland Heights Police Officers Association raised about $5,000 this year, delivering presents to more than forty kids.