Pilots fly Santa to children’s hospital

Reindeer get a break as airline crew members bring Santa to town and deliver some holiday cheer.

Jolene Hildreth told Santa her wish for her son, Jens: “We want to be cancer free for Christmas.”

Jens, 7, is from Nome, Alaska, and was able to visit with his jolly neighbor during a holiday party at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Pilots For Kids, a national organization of airline crew members, flew Santa to town to bring some holiday cheer to children in the hospital.

“Pilots flying a plane is kind of magical to a lot of kids,” said Shari Chase with the Pilots for Kids organization. “We like to bring Santa in, too, because he’s pretty magical as well.”

The holiday party featured many things Christmas—cookies, crafts, gifts for the kids and even a little dancing.

Alia Davis, 7, of Grandville, Michigan, is in the hospital getting chemo for a childhood cancer. She was all smiles when mascot Captain Baldy showed off some dance moves.

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