Published: Dec 24, 2012 5:41 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Some out of this world characters made a stop at the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida today, to greet patients just in time for Christmas.

The Star Wars storm troopers became 'santa troopers' as they went room to room bringing gifts to the young patients in the hospital.

Gary Demler leads the group of die-hard movie fans.

He says they've been making the annual Christmas Eve visit for about 10 years, hoping to brighten up the kids' day.

Demler says, "why not, poor kids are stuck in the hospital on Christmas, you gotta do something nice for them." He says he got the idea while working on a construction project at the hospital years ago.

He says they get all kinds of reactions from the kids.

Demler's son also made a $300 donation to the hospital from his lawn care company.