PVMC volunteers made up 72 Pediatric Activity Kits and several of our volunteers were helpers for the United Airlines Fantasy Flight that took place last weekend. A United employee started the program many years ago to help children with terminal illnesses and those who might not otherwise enjoy gifts at Christmas.
The Fantasy Flight is now enjoyed by hundreds of children throughout the United States. For the 24th year, Denver’s United Airlines’ station hosted 72 children from the Denver Metro area including kids from Almost Home in Brighton. They flew from Colorado Springs to Denver where they were met by Santa, his elves and hundreds of volunteers. Santa and Mrs. Claus met with every child and each of them got a huge bag of gifts.
One of United’s hangars was transformed into a very merry North Pole where children had helpers to assist with unwrapping and keeping track of their stash. There were stations set up where the kids could decorate cookies, play games, fill sacks with treats, a DJ with music and dancing, visits with Pet Partners and they each had their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
It is truly magical to watch this event. The children deplane with escorts to a huge crowd of people cheering them and make their way to individual rooms where Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for them with “elves” to help the children haul their gifts to an area where they can tear into them. It’s total chaos but at the same time truly magical. The looks on the kids faces is priceless.