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Louisville Fire brightens dreary winter days with toy deliveries to Kosair

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Fire and Rescue Tower 2 and Engine 5 arrived on the scene at Kosair Children's Hospital. But they weren't there to fight a fire. Instead, they were eager to visit with children and deliver toys.

Christmas time has passed, but members of the Louisville Fire and Rescue unit are still in the spirit of giving.

The holiday season is a busy time for Kosair Children's Hospital. Volunteer groups flock to deliver toys to children and families before Christmas.

But Sergeant Adam Meredith believes the 11 other months are just as important as December.

"Everybody forgets about kids that need stuff during January, February, those kind of months that are not thought of," said Meredith.

So, the unit decided to deliver toys after the holidays to remind kids that they are still on the firefighters' minds.

Once the toys were unloaded and sorted, some firefighters donned new gear for the mission. One even strapped a light saber to his belt before heading into patients' rooms.

Kellie Whitis was excited to welcome the firemen into her son's room.

"Trell was visited by firefighters and it brightened his day, he loved it. He woke straight up, whenever he, he found out that he had visitors and it means the world to these kids," Whitis said.

Spreading that love and compassion is something the fire department hopes catches on.

"Pay it forward is definitely a good thing, getting involved, there's always someone out there that needs help, and this is a good way to do it," added Meredith.

With the focus on the care and health of a child, it's hard for families to notice what goes on outside the four walls of the hospital.

Meredith hopes that their visit is a good reminder.

"The biggest thing to know is, people are out there that care, people they don't know, people do care that they're in here and hope that they get better," he said.

The kids love playing with their new toys but it's the parents who appreciate the visit most.

"We've been in the hospitals for months at a time and just seeing those faces come in, it just really gives you hope," said Whitis.

This unit has delivered toys to Kosair in the past and this visit reminded the firefighters why they'll keep coming back.

"It's fun to see them smile, that's a huge thing for me," said Meredith.

This unexpected act of kindness is what makes these actions so special. The Louisville Fire and Rescue team hopes that their "Pay it Forward" activity will spur others to get involved and help others.

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