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Firefighter dresses as Santa, delivers toys to sick kids

Posted at 4:58 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 18:08:41-05

Having a child in the hospital this time of year is heartbreaking. 

But Omahans are giving back, helping ease that stress. 

Today, Santa wasn't just wearing red and white.

He donned firefighter black and yellow too.

This is how firefighter Ryan Lowenstein and his crew celebrate the holiday, rolling a red wagon, packed to the gills with presents for the 100 some patients admitted to children's hospital around this time of year.

"We'll leave some behind for children that are admitted after today so they have something to open after today whether it's Christmas day or Christmas eve,” said Lowenstein.

For kids like 14-year-old Kenzy Hayes,

 "Christmas came early,” he said.

Lowenstein knows what it's like for Kenzy and her family. His 18-month-old son Easton was one of those sick kids. Easton lost his battle with intestinal illness, but through this his spirit lives on.

Proving that no matter how dark the sadness, especially through children, there is joy this holiday season.