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Magic at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital as Santa Radios in from the North Pole

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.

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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