Franklin Square wife fulfills husband's dying wish

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A retired nurse from Franklin Square is making good on her husband's dying wish to give back this Christmas. 

Mark Kaufman – a pediatrician, father and grandfather – was hoping to decorate the Christmas tree with his wife, Karen, this year. Sadly, he died of colon cancer in October.

"He said, 'Hun, we have been so fortunate…I want to give back somehow, give to children who are needy somewhere,'" Kaufman told News 12 Long Island.

This holiday season, Karen, her daughter Carly and her granddaughter Courtney bought more than $1,000 worth of toys and dropped them off at the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department. The department had been collecting toys to bring to Cohen Children's Medical Center for its annual Santa Run. 

"It is nice to know, even though they are sick, they will have something to make their Christmas a little happier," said Carly Kaufman. 

"This was something we weren't expecting," said Chief Joseph Capobianco. "It was a nice donation to our fund drive." 

The fire department will be accepting toys through Christmas Eve for its Santa Run. 

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