Recovering kids get surprise from Houston firefighters

December 24, 2013 2:09:21 PM PST
Thirty-five children from around the world in town as they recover from burn wounds got a special surprise from some of Houston's finest.

Members of the 2014 Houston Firefighter Calendar volunteered their time today to give out toys to recovering children at Shriner's Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston. Burn patients as young as 3 opened gifts and shared a special holiday meal with the firefighters.

"Just to see the spark in their eyes and know that it means a lot to them that we are here on Christmas Eve helping them out," said firefighter Brandon Schwartz.

The patients come from Mexico, Bolivia and even China to get first class care at Shriner's Burn Hospital in Galveston. Jorge Coca, 27, lost his arms after an electric pole fell on him ten years ago.

"The electricity is going on from my arms and took off from my feet and my head," said Jorge.

But on Tuesday, none of that mattered after seeing the iPod shuffle he's always wanted. His smile and his gratitude, say these firefighters, put it all into perspective.

"It's pretty humbling because it doesn't seem like it bothers them as much and they're as happy as can be it makes it all worthwhile," said firefighter David Cohen.

Over $3500 of the proceeds from the calendar sales were used to buy the toys.

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