Lebanon, NH – For kids undergoing hospital treatment, having as normal a life as possible is a key to their recovery. Thanks to a Claremont, NH, firefighter, a truckload of toys is helping make things a little more normal for kids at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD).

Nicholas Koloski, himself a former patient at CHaD, organized delivery of the toys this afternoon to CHaD. Koloski used his annual firefighter’s stipend and contributions from the community to get the toys for the contribution.

“I remember the very scary experience [of being in the hospital] and the only relief I got was being able to go to the toy room and having a field day playing with whatever toys were there,” says Koloski. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

CHaD’s Amie Marsh says the donation will supply the toy shelves at CHaD for six to nine months. “We use toys to help normalize our patients’ day, to give them encouragement and play, and a sense of comfort while they are away from their home,” she says. “Our patients will have smiles for miles because of all the amazing toys, stuffed animals and games he donated.”