LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 2,000 children watched and shouted in anticipation as Santa Claus helicoptered in with the LAPD SWAT team to deliver holiday cheer and assorted presents at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s “Toys and Joy” celebration, held yesterday on OIC’s downtown Los Angeles campus. Now in its 26th year, this annual event has become a Los Angeles tradition and has brought holiday joy to more than 25,000 families throughout the community.
“This is the one day each year when Santa trades in his sleigh for a helicopter to bring a special element of delight to underserved children throughout our community,” said Anthony Scaduto, M.D., president and CEO of OIC. “For many of these children, these are the only presents they receive during the holidays; and we are so grateful to everyone who has donated presents or played a role of any kind in helping to bring smiles to so many faces.”
As it does each year, OIC has been collecting presents throughout the year to distribute at this annual celebration. Last month, for example, the LAPD SWAT team joined in the effort by encouraging community members to bring unwrapped presents to a specified location and help “Fill the B.E.A.R.” – SWAT’s Ballistic Engineered Armored Response vehicle. The presents gathered that day were part of Santa’s delivery at Toys and Joy.
Joining in yesterday’s festivities were a number of celebrities and surprise guests, including Disney Channel stars Jillian Shea Spaeder, Brandon Severs, Madison Hu, DeVore Ledridge, Nathaniel Potvin, Kamran Lucas, Pearce Joza, Alyssa Jirrels and Lexi Underwood.
About Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives 60,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.