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York Region Paramedics spread holiday cheer

Paramedics loading a box into an ambulance

On Christmas Eve, York Region Paramedics delivered blankets and stuffed animals to seniors and children spending the holidays at the three hospitals in York Region.

Plenty of paramedics, our service and support staff and their families and friends arrived at paramedic headquarters bright and early, the morning of Christmas Eve, to help load the gifts into the ambulances for transport.

The event was coordinated by York Region Paramedic, Helen Galanis, an Advanced Care Paramedic and Field Teaching Officer, who, with the help of her friends and family, sewed a gift label onto each of the blankets.

The blankets are either handmade or donated by paramedics and their families. The toys are donated by Ganz Inc, a wholesale distributor in Vaughan who generously contributes to the drive every year.

In addition to the blankets, Galanis raised more than $3,850 through a GoFundMe page. The money was donated by paramedics, the service’s support staff and their families, and went towards purchasing blankets for this year’s drive.

Over the past 14 years, Paramedics have delivered more than 4500 stuffed animals and 1700 blankets as part of the holiday drive.

Congratulations to the York Region Paramedics team and they’re incredible commitment to giving back to our residents and communities.

York Region has a team of more than 550 paramedics who provide emergency medical response and pre-hospital care to York Region residents and visitors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More information about York Region Paramedics Services can be found at

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