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Video: Beaming special ed students greet Santa's arrival by fire truck

We've seen Santa on a kiteboard, Santa at an elementary school and Santa diving at the Florida Aquarium this season. But if you watch this video, you might just believe this is the most magical Santa visit yet.

He arrived at the Nina Harris School for Exceptional Students on a shiny big fire truck Tuesday morning. And when he stepped from the cab, the whooping and hollering washed over the jolly old elf as he made his way to the excited students, stopping to give them hugs.

It's all part of an annual event by Pinellas Park firefighters. They come bearing Santa and gifts for each kid.

The visit started as a way to reassure the students that a fire truck showing up doesn't always mean something bad has happened. Many of the students at the school suffer from physical as well as mental disabilities, and a lot of them became fearful when they saw the fire truck, thinking something was wrong with one of their classmates.

Now when the firefighters show up around this time every year, there are faces beaming with anticipation.

The school is at 6000 70th Ave. in Pinellas Park.

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