Santa flew into Chatham, Truro and Sandwich Saturday

The Flying Santa visited Chatham Coast Guard Station at the lighthouse

That's Flying Santa's helper Brian Tague, second from the left in the red jacket, with Cape Cod Times photag Steve Heaslip kneeling next to him at 10:30 yesterday morning at the Chatham Lighthouse.  Also along for the ride this year was Dolly Snow Bicknell, whose famous dad, Edward Rowe Snow, was Flying Santa for forty years. She made her first holiday flight when she was 1-year-old.

Over 600 Coast Guard children are visited by this volunteer group this weekend

By Walter Brooks

All the Coast Guard kids posed with Santa, then a neighbor handed her two daughters over the fence, and Santa posed with them too.

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. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on