BOISE -- It's a holiday tradition: The Ada County Paramedics sponsor a toy drive benefitting children hospitalized during the holidays.
Paramedics and a local girl scout troop used an ambulance gurney to deliver the toys to children at St. Luke's Hospital in downtown Boise on Tuesday.
According to Rene Miller, a paramedic with Ada County, the goal is to make the holidays a "little bit brighter for the kids in the hospital."
Miller went on to say that some of the girls scouts were handpicked to help deliver the presents. She said they certainly got the reward of not only giving, but seeing the smiles on the faces of other children.
"Basically we have gifts, and we give them out to children who are in the hospital over Christmas, so it kind of makes them light up with a happy face," said 13-year-old Girl Scout Desiree Davis.
"It's helpful you know, to make the kids feel good," said Veronica Gonzales, mother of 3-year-old Anna Christina, a patient at St. Luke's.
"I think it made her feel good and made her feel special," said Gonzales.
The Ada County Paramedics donate a portion of their paychecks to raise funds every year for this toy drive and other community needs.