PHARR – Santa has a lot on his plate and every year needs a little help. Some firefighters stepped up, giving Mr. Claus a helping hand at valley hospitals.

As part of the ‘Friendship Bear’ project, Pharr city police and fire fighters gifted many teddy bears to children of all ages at hospitals including Edinburg’s children’s Hospital and Renaissance.

The bears were donated to these departments by local residents to be given through the project. This is the 12th year that ‘Friendship Bear’ makes the friendly visits.