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Firefighters Bring Christmas Gifts to Children's Hospital

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Firefighters are used to putting out flames, but this Christmas morning they lit up the holiday spirit in the hearts of those at Sanford Children's Hospital.

They delivered gifts this morning to about a dozen young patients and their siblings spending the holiday at Sanford.


"We're just bringing gifts to them to hopefully cheer them up just a little bit," says Fargo Firefighter Zach Hagen.

The gifts come from a charity account contributed to by the firefighters themselves.

"Our whole reason for existence as a fire department is to give everything we have to the community; providing the best public service we can and this is just one of the small ways we can do that," says Hagen.

One recipient was 3-year-old Beau Bjerke.

"For them to bring that stuffed animal in here and share in it with him- can't say enough," says Father Bryce Bjerke.



Beau has one more gift to bring home: a new baby brother. The Bjerke family planned the C-section for Jan. 2, but the baby decided to come Christmas Eve morning.

"Expected, but a little unexpected" says Bryce Bjerke. "Wasn't supposed to happen quite this soon, but what a wonderful surprise," he says.

A surprise, but gift nonetheless.

"To go through all this, but then to have everyone come out perfectly healthy, that was just an awesome, awesome Christmas present," he says.

All of it making Christmas in the hospital a little better than expected.

"When things like this happen and gifts like this happen, it's well worth it,"he says.


The Fargo Fire Department has been delivering Christmas gifts to children in hospitals since 1990. They picked Christmas Day so children could have visitors Christmas morning.

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