Albany -- Santa Claus rode through town in a fire truck to greet former and current young patients from the Hasan Shriners hospital. It was the Shriners annual Christmas party. This year up to 16 patients and their families got some good food, Christmas presents, and many young people got to meet jolly old Saint Nick.
Shriners say their purpose is to better the quality of life of their young patients by providing medical care to their families for free.
"The Shriners are all about helping kids, with the orthopedic and burn shelter, and we just love it so each year we have a Christmas party for our local area," said Shriner Bob Hoffman.
The Albany Shrine Club serves children in Dougherty and the surrounding counties. The closest Shriner hospital is in Tampa, Florida.