(PRWEB) February 06, 2013
The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority(LNAA), in conjunction with Allegiant Air for the sixth year in a row, took 75 children from The Dream Come True Foundation, who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill to the North Pole for personal visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The flight took place on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Allegiant Air provided an MD-80 airplane, captain, first officer and flight crew to make the trip for these children possible.
“We are always excited for opportunities to give back to the communities we serve,” Keith Hansen, Allegiant Director of Airports, said. “This is a great event and we are glad that we are able to help create this experience for the Dream Come True kids.”
“By far, this is our favorite event each year at Lehigh Valley International Airport. We have volunteers that come back year after year. It’s very, very special,” said Susan Kittle, Director of External Affairs at Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.
On Saturday, December 22, 2012, at approximately 10:00am the flight to the North Pole departed from the Lehigh Valley International Airport. The Dream children, elves, media, and costume characters took the long trip to the North Pole.
After the children checked in at the ticket counter, they were guided to different stations that represented each of Santa’s reindeer. They received gifts of Santa hats and more from each station. They then boarded the MD-80 bound for the North Pole. In flight, they played Christmas songs on their kazoos. Once on the ground, they were greeted by Santa and Mrs. Claus on the top of a Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority fire engine as they departed the plane. The children were fed a meal at the North Pole donated by the Holiday Inn in Fogelsville. Once the children had eaten, each child had an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and whisper a wish in his ear and received a goody bag filled with gifts and surprises. Santa, Mrs. Claus and his fairy princess then revealed the clue as to how the children would return to the Lehigh Valley!!!
“This is the best day of the year,” stated Rayann Vasko, Executive Director for the Dream Come True Foundation. “The community joins together with one main goal of bringing smiles to the faces of these very special children and to give them a chance to forget what is going on in their lives if for only one day and to believe in the magic of the holiday.”
The project has been a labor of love for the Dream Come True Foundation and all aspects of airport operations who could not have done the job without the assistance of the following businesses: AAA East Central, Action Party Rentals, Allegiant Air, Allentown FOP, Applebee’s, Blue Bell the Clown, Clear Channel Airport Advertising, Cub Scout Pack #317, Delaware Valley Regional Indoor Percussion, DJ Seibert, DJB Specialties, Inc. East Stroudsburg University, Holiday Inn-Fogelsville, Homewood Suites, Just Born, Lehigh Valley International Airport, Liberty High School Bagpipers, LV IronPigs, Magic by Linda Holliday, Nazareth Chamber of Commerce, Parkland High School Chorale, Radio Disney, Rileigh’s, St. Anne’s Student Council, The Crossings Premium Outlets, The Force All-Star Cheerleaders, The Pretzel Factory, United States Specialty Sports Association of Eastern PA/NJ, WLEV, World Fuel Services.
To view a video from this special day click here