Published: Dec 03, 2013 7:09 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida has some extra holiday cheer this year, thanks to a generous donation.

Paul and Barbara Curcio donated $10,000 worth of decorations from their personal collection. Barbara says, "my husband has been buying Christmas decorations for the 54 years we've been married. He wanted to see if the children's hospital wouldn't like to have all these things we've been collecting."

Curcio says when she and her husband moved to a smaller condo on the 8th floor of the complex, it was time to downsize the decoration collection too. "I think it's terrific, because now all the people, especially the kids, other than our own grandkids, can enjoy all this stuff," she says.

The couple joined several patients at the children's hospital to decorate the hospital floor today. Kids came out of their rooms to hang ornaments on the trees, and admire the dancing santa decorating the halls.

Child life specialist Shane Rafferty says, "I'm glad we could incorporate our patients and get them more involved instead of just seeing the decorations. Some of our patients are here for a couple weeks or even a couple months so it's nice for them to actually be able to decorate and have some of these festivities."

The couple donated three storage units full of decorations. Hide-away Storage provided space and a truck to store and move the decorations.