The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region Paramedic Services bring holiday cheer on Christmas Eve to children and seniors in hospital

Newmarket – For the 15th consecutive year, The Regional Municipality of York’s Paramedic Services will make a special delivery of new, donated toys and blankets to children and seniors staying at the Region’s local hospitals - Southlake Regional Health Centre, Mackenzie Health and Markham Stouffville Hospital.

The stuffed animals are generously donated by Ganz Inc., a wholesale gift and toy distributor based in the City of Vaughan. The blankets are either handmade or have been purchased by paramedics and their family members. Gift labels are personally sewn onto each blanket by the friends and family of Helen Galanis, the lead paramedic who has championed this initiative for 12 years.

Members of the media are invited to attend this annual holiday tradition as York Region Paramedics, staff, friends and family members load the toys and blankets into Paramedic Services vehicles and take them to the hospitals for delivery.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 from 9 a.m to 10 a.m

York Region Paramedic Services Headquarters
80 Bales Drive East
Town of East Gwillimbury 

York Region’s team of over 500 paramedics provide emergency response and community care to residents and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Visit for more information. You can also follow York Region Paramedics on Twitter @YorkParamedics

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 52,000 businesses with over 636,600 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact:
Joe Chawla, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
1-877-464-9675 ext. 77240
Cell: 289-716-7241


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