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Juan Larralde, Director of the Dialysis Department, dressed as Santa Claus with Jose Nava (left) and David Barela (right) from La Joya

Christmas came early to more than 150 children in the Mission and La Joya area. Mission Regional Medical Center (MRMC) and the physician Medical Staff donated $5,000 worth of toys to share the joy of Christmas with more than 40 families.

“There is nothing more rewarding than to see Christmas through the eyes of a child. I wish all of us could take that to heart and see the holidays the same way,” said Nick Espinosa, Director of Marketing at MRMC.

Kitchenette sets, stuffed animals, and remote-control cars were among the wide variety of toys that were gift wrapped by several hospital employees. Toiletries and blankets were also included with the gifts. Wearing Santa hats and even one department director dressed in full Santa Claus costume, MRMC employees personally delivered all gifts to children in low income families.