AUGUSTA — It wasn’t Christmas morning Tuesday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.
It just seemed like it.
“When you first walk in you feel this sudden rush of sadness,” said Sgt. Jeff Carter of the Augusta Fire Department. “But under the scars and the burns, it’s just children.”
Children who were able to forget about the obstacles they face for a little while as Augusta firefighters from Engine 10 and Truck 2 handed out teddy bears and other stuffed animals in the Pediatric Unit.
“Spread a little cheer and hope for these people through these difficult times,” Sgt. Carter said. “Any child in the hospital, there’s already been an impact on their lives. This kind of helps them settle in, adjust to what’s going on and add just a little bright spot.”
Brave firefighters bringing a smile to the tiniest of patients, and those tiny patients returning the favor.
“We would always see these people in the beginning and wonder what happened to them,” Sgt. Carter said. “It gives us a little closure ourselves and it feels good to know our efforts in the streets are helping here also. It’s just a good thing to come be able to see them getting better.”
The stuffed animals were collected through donations to Associated Credit Union. This is the 27th year that the Augusta Fire Department has handed them out at Doctors Hospital.