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City of Pharr Partnering with AirLift 5 Texas to Make Special Santa Delivery at DHR Health


Pharr, Texas – While Santa traditionally travels by a reindeer-drawn sleigh, this year he is set to travel via the AirLift 5 Texas helicopter to visit patients at DHR Health. AirLift 5 Texas is ecstatic to partner with the City of Pharr’s public safety teams to assist Santa with his travels.

“This Christmas visit will be extra special and we are thankful to our partners at AirLift 5 Texas for joining us on this special mission,” said Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. “We can’t wait to see the excitement and joy as Santa and our Pharr team spread holiday cheer at DHR,” he added. 
For three years now, the City of Pharr’s EMS, Police, Fire, and Public Safety Communications departments have come together to bring their ‘blue Santa’ to visit children at local hospitals and bring them gifts during the holiday season. This year, they’ll be joined by the AirLift 5 Texas team who will be giving Santa a lift  to DHR Health.

All media and the public are invited to attend. 

WHAT:  Capture the AirLift 5 Texas aircraft landing and safely deliver Santa to the hospital to visit with patients along with the City of Pharr’s public safety teams.
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, at 11:30 a.m.
*Flight time is projected and could change or be canceled due to weather or a call for response to a critical incident transport.
WHERE: DHR Health (5501 S. McColl Rd, Edinburg)
*Aircraft will land on hospital’s helipad located on east side of hospital off of McColl Rd.

ON-SITE CONTACT:  TJ Lopez, AirLift 5 Texas Flight Nurse (956) 793-4229


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