Holiday Cheer Comes For Make-A-Wish Kids With Annual Harbor Cruise In Newport Beach

CBS Los Angeles

NEWPORT BEACH ( — Dozens of Make-A-Wish children got a break from doctors and hospitals to enjoy a special night out Monday.

The Holiday Harbor Cruise for Wish Kids was underway on Balboa Island, with visits from Santa and special gifts.

The evening provided much-needed joy for about 50 children, like Taylor Toms’ daughter.

“She had four open-heart surgeries since she was 6 months old. The last one, she had a stroke,” Toms said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was on hand to help.

“We get to run around and eat with them. We put on fire gear and we take pictures with them. It’s just so fulfilling for all of us and for them,” said OCSD spokesman Jay Wasserman.

Stephanie McCormick, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire, said it’s an event the organization looks forward to annually.

“Quite often, some of these children never get…

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