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The news media captures Santa's visit to the emergency department at San Joaquin Community Hospital to visit children including Alyssa Shoopman, left. Santa also visited children in the pediatric unit, where he passed out gifts donated by Toys for Tots.

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Ian Herrera gets a fist bump from Kern County Fire Department technician Fermin Torres during a visit from Santa to the emergency department at San Joaquin Community Hospital Wednesday. The Kern County Fire Department assisted Santa during the visit. Ian is accompanied by his mother Ashley Bravo.

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Santa arrives in an old retired Kern County fire truck Wednesday morning to visit children at San Joaquin Community Hospital and give away toys donated from Toys for Tots.

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Michael "Trey" Lewis gets a gift from Santa in the pediatric unit of San Joaquin Community Hospital Wednesday. Michael's parents, Cristal Farias, left, and Michael Lewis, not pictured, are hoping their 10-month-old son will be released from the hospital Wednesday. Toys for Tots donated the gifts for the children and the Kern County Fire Department assisted Santa during the hospital visit.

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Michael "Trey" Lewis gets a gift from Santa as he makes the rounds in the pediatric unit of San Joaquin Community Hospital Wednesday accompanied by members of the Kern County Fire Department. Michael's parents, Cristal Farias and Michael Lewis, are hoping their 10-month-old son will be released from the hospital Wednesday. Toys for Tots donated the gifts for the children.

Santa, along with helpers from the Kern County Fire Department and Toys for Tots with the Marines, visited children at San Joaquin Community Hospital on Wednesday to spread holiday cheer.

Gifts were given to young patients.

Californian photographer Henry A. Barrios captured the visit in these images.