The Flying Santa visited Chatham Coast Guard Station at the lighthouse
Over 600 Coast Guard children are visited by this volunteer group this weekend
By Walter Brooks
Joggers and sightseers around Chatham Lighthouse Saturday morning first heard the roar of a low-flying helicopter, then they saw it land in front of the Coast Guard station.
It was the annual visit to Chatham by the remarkable volunteer group called the Flying Santa which spend most of their weekends this time of year bringing cheer and gifts to the children of New England Coast Guardsmen and their families from one end of New England to the other.
Today the Flying Santa visited eleven Coast Guard lighthouses including West Chop Light on Martha's Vineyard, Brant Point on Nantucket, Chatham, Highland Light in Truro and the Cape Cod Canal Station on Cape Cod before heading up the coast to stops in Scituate, Hull, Gloucester and Newburyport.
Tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 12th, The Flying Santa will land at eleven more Coast Guard stations and lighthouses from Jonesport, ME to Portsmouth, NH.
During these flight they will be delivering toys to over 600 children of the USCG families stationed here in New England.
No cost to taxpayers
The Flying Santa is an all volunteer non-profit 501c3 organization based in Massachusetts and their sole purpose is to carry on the Flying Santa flights to New England's coasties. Friends of Flying Santa say they are very fortunate to have the helicopters donated for all flights. Granite State Aviation provides their Agusta 109 the Maine/NH flight, JBI Helicopters provides a Bell Jet Ranger for the Massachusetts flight and Evan Wile and Cannon Aviation provide their MD 520N for the NY-CT-RI-MA flight.