Santa Claus is a busy guy this time of year! He asked for little help from his elves with St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s BEARS (Bay Area Emergency Amateur Radio Service) team to help him radio in with the patients at the hospital.
It was a special moment as the kids were surprised with a radio call from Santa–all the way up in the North Pole.
Two hospital team members started this tradition 19 years ago and it’s just as magical today as it was when it first started!
About BEARS: BEARS, which is organized under the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, was started by two hospital team members 19 years ago, and today operates as a community based emergency response team with more than 35 volunteer amateur radio operators in four surrounding counties. Agencies such as Tampa Electric, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Tampa Fire Department and Verizon also have access to amateur radios, and in the event of an emergency, BEARS can help coordinate medical care and shelters, or exchange other important information.