Friends of Flying Santa deliver gifts to New England's Coast Guard children
Santa arrives at Nobska Lighthouse Sunday, Chatham & the Canal on Dec. 11
By Brian Tague, Friends of Flying Santa
Our first flight of the season will now be on Sunday. We will fly to 11 USCG stations and lighthouses from Jones Beach, NY to Nobska Point Light on Cape Cod.
On Saturday, Dec. 11th, we have our Massachusetts flight with 11 stops from the Cape and Islands to Newburyport. This will include West Chop Light and Highland Light, USCG SAT Brant Point, STA Chatham and STA Cape Cod Canal before heading up the coast to stops in Scituate, Hull, Gloucester and Newburyport.
On Sunday, Dec. 12th we land at 11 stations and lighthouses from Jonesport, ME to Portsmouth, NH.
During these flight we will be delivering toys to over 600 children of the USCG families stationed here in New England. Keeping true to the tradition established back in 1929 by aviator William Wincapaw. Capt. Wincapaw and his successor, author and historian Edward Rowe Snow, believed that these Christmas missions of good cheer were important to recognize the lifesaving crews and families who kept watch along our coast. The holiday memories of Flying Santa are as strong today as they were 80 years ago. The children are equally excited about seeing the helicopter, visiting with Santa, and receiving an early Christmas gift. A number of the kids grow up relating more to Santa and helicopters than reindeer and sleigh. It is an event that the families look forward to all year long.
Friends of Flying Santa is extremely fortunate to have the helicopters donated for all our flights. Granite State Aviation provides their Agusta 109 for our Maine/NH flight, JBI Helicopters provides a Bell Jet Ranger for our Massachusetts flight and Evan Wile and Cannon Aviation provide their MD 520N for our NY-CT-RI-MA flight. The pilots have become especially attached to their roles in the tradition and always enjoy visiting the crews and showing all the kids Santa's "new-fangled sleighs". Our Santas CWO Tom Guthlein, BMCS Dave Considine and CWO (ret) Dave Waldrip do an outstanding job performing the role of Santa.
The Flying Santa is an all volunteer non-profit 501c3 organization based in Massachusetts and our sole purpose is to carry on the Flying Santa flights to New England's coasties.