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After a long night's work, Santa’s job is wrapping up for the year, but not before he swings by the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Broadway Campus. Our Alexandra Weishaupt stopped in to catch a glimpse of the feel good festivities.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- It was an extra special Christmas day as the jolly old soul and his helper pass through the hospital halls, spreading some cheer to all around.
“When you walk in a room and you hear someone say, ‘Oh Santa, I thought you forgot all about me.’ It just really tugs at your heart,” said Vietnam Veterans of America Ulster County President Lamont Taylor.
It was all the efforts of SantaVet, the Vietnam Veterans of America Ulster County President, who donated his time to hand deliver best-seller books and Christmas mugs to the more than 90 patients and about 100 staff members on duty.
“We’re short staffed, we have a bare boned staff, so the people who are working are working very hard, so it's very nice that someone could come in and appreciate that,” said Family Practice Center Physician Dr. Rachna Kaul
SantaVet has been visiting area hospitals for the past 29 years. Taylor said the visit to the Broadway Campus was the only stop this year, but with some additional funding, the organization hopes to expand the project in the future.
“We want them to know that they’re not forgotten and that people do care about them and the same thing with the staff,” said Taylor.
It’s something Taylor is looking forward to as he and his helper prepare for next year's Christmas season.
“It’s a privilege to be chapter president and be here today doing this,” he said.