Patients at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Celebrate Christmas in July

Peter Laquidara, of Montvale, a patient at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, receives a gift from Santa Claus during the 8th annual Christmas in July celebration, sponsored by the New Jersey Police Honor Legion.

(HACKENSACK, NJ) Members of the New Jersey Police Honor Legion recently celebrated Christmas in July with patients at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. The officers brought truckloads of gifts, many of which were distributed to pediatric patients and their siblings who attended the celebration. The remaining gifts will be used throughout the year to support patient care. Several vendors also contributed to this year’s celebration, including Hug-A-Me, the face painter from EnCourage Kids and Ike Lester, a sketch artist.

Katie Garcia (left) of Harrison, a patient at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, receives a gift from Santa Claus. Her mother, Kiara Melendez also enjoyed the celebration.

Delilah Lopez (right), of Passaic, a patient at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, enjoys crafts provided by the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and volunteer, Danielle Isetts.

Stephen Percy, M.D., interim chair at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital celebrates with Jeremy Silvestre of North Bergen, NJ.

Two year old, Anaiah Charles of the Bronx, NY, is overjoyed at the gift she received during the Christmas in July celebration at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.

Two year old Addison Stallone and her father, Frank, of Carlstadt, NJ enjoy a visit with Santa Claus during the Christmas in July celebration at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.

From left to right: Andrew White, treasurer, New Jersey Honor Legion; James Kostoplis, past president, New Jersey Honor Legion; Tim Sullivan, past president, New Jersey Honor Legion; Ellen Goldring, section chief, Child Life, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center; Michael Manzo, president, New Jersey Honor Legion; Donald DeVries, Santa Claus, New Jersey Honor Legion; Walter Hutchinson, trustee, New Jersey Honor Legion; Stephen Percy, M.D., interim chair, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Colleen Kearney, administrative director, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; and Tom Panzarino, first vice president, New Jersey Honor Legion.