Guess who’s about to drop in through the chimney today?!
Santa Claus and his squad of do-gooders will be surprising children at the Victoria General Hospital and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, before heading over to hospitals on the mainland.
“Being in the hospital during this time of year can be difficult, especially for children who love the December holidays so much,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix.
“Bringing Santa to visit the kids is a great way to spread holiday cheer and it’s nice to see everyone share in this wonderful BC tradition.”
This year marks the 14th year that Santa and his trusty elf will be handing out presents to the kids, along with representatives from Helijet and BC Emergency Health Services Infant Transport Team (ITT).
The annual ‘Santa Flights’ are also a great way for ITT crews to interact with the children in a positive environment, after helping transport kids during medical emergencies all year.
“This is the 14th year our dedicated staff at Helijet has helped fly Santa to visit pediatric wards. We’re very proud of our working relationship with the BC Ambulance Service and its paramedics to provide 24/7 helicopter service for hundreds of critically ill patients across the province,” stated Helijet President and CEO Danny Sitnam.