Suffolk County correction officers handed out boxes filled with toys at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on Monday.

The special occasion was part of Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office’s yearly Christmas in July celebration, where the officers ventured to the North Shore hospital with Santa Claus to help lift spirits of the young patients.

The toy collection was led by correction officer Peter Lambert, who did it to commemorate a young boy named Ryan Zinna, who died of medulloblastoma.

Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon knows the importance of giving back to those during this trying time.

“As a two-time cancer survivor, I have a deep understanding of the kinds of issues the children and families at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital are facing,” said Toulon.  “Suffolk County’s correction officers have made Christmas in July an annual event to bring joy to these kids, and I couldn’t be more proud of their commitment.”

Scroll down to see photos from the day.

The pictures are courtesy of Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.