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Gifts for Kids at 3 Kings Celebration

Mount Kisco and Bedford Hills children were among the recipients.

Interviews and highlights of the 3 Kings celebration at Northern Westchester Hospital, Jan. 5, 2014.
Interviews and highlights of the 3 Kings celebration at Northern Westchester Hospital, Jan. 5, 2014.
On Sunday morning, Northern Westchester Hospital hosted the annual three kings celebration, a family friendly event where kids were given presents.

The gifts were organized age age range; children were greeted by three men who dressed as the kings and three women who portrayed squires.

The event is a fiesta for commemorating the three kings who brought gifts to the Christ Child, according to Dr. Peter Richel, who has been a fixture at the event for years. It is held near Jan. 6, a date that he called the Epiphany and the "Little Christmas."

The celebration caters of the region's Hispanic community and draws in children from communities including Mount Kisco and Bedford Hills. This year, about 150 kids got gifts, Richel said.

Two groups donated the presents, according to Richel. They were Toys for Tots and Westchester Health Associates, where he works. On Saturday, volunteers came to help set up, he explained, and were from the Bedford Community Church and the hospital's student leadership council.

A video of highlights and interviews is attached to this post.

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