Already tracking Santa? All month long, Delta "elves" from Seattle to Memphis "flew" kids to the "North Pole" and hosted festive celebrations in hangars, including a special trip for kids in Puerto Rico. Each event is organized by Delta people from across a number of divisions who volunteer their time to bring cheer to children and families in their local communities across the country.
At the 36th annual Holiday in the Hangar in Atlanta, Delta elves hosted 80 kids and 26 house parents from Christian City and Calvary Children's Home for a holiday event earlier this month. In addition to receiving gifts and stockings, kids got to enjoy the day with face painting, a photo booth, caricatures and even Coke floats, along with entertainment by Gutsy the Flying Fox and music by emcee Wayne. Delta santas and elves also delivered gifts to and took photos with more than 350 older adults at the Santa Walk Around at Christian City Convalescent Center.
Earlier this month in Boston, Delta and Massport employees hosted 350 Make-A-Wish kids and families from Massachusetts and Rhode Island for the ninth annual Holiday Wonderland Party. Wish kids got to check out a Delta airplane cockpit, State Trooper cruiser and Massport fire truck. To top it all off, Santa and his elves made a surprise visit from the North Pole – Santa heard kids' holiday wishes and handed out presents.
"From a winter wonderland in Los Angeles to magic in Minneapolis, these festive holiday events are an important way we give back during the holidays to local kids and families," said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director – Community Engagement. "Each event is led by Delta volunteers – their hard work to spread joy exemplifies Delta people's commitment to service in the communities where we live and work."
More than 100 kids from the Children's Home Society of Minnesota took the MSP Fantasy Flight to the North Pole with Delta elves in Minneapolis last week. Partnering for over 20 years, this annual event includes games, magic and treats at a carnival, followed by a trip to the North Pole to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.