Mississippi National Guard Brings Christmas Early

JACKSON, Miss. – It is beginning to look at lot like Christmas and for a group of deserving kids, it also feels more like Christmas.

The 10th annual flight to the North Pole happened earlier this evening.

“It was great and I’m glad we’re safe and the North Pole is a great place to be warm,” North Pole passenger, Carl Black.

It’s a special flight to Santa’s place at the North Pole.

“You can’t take a bus to the North Pole, but we are real excited to work with the Air National Guard and they pretty much make it all happen,” Y101 radio host, Chris Bender.

“I liked the part when it was going fast,” a flight passenger, Aeriona Wallace said.

Sixty children picked from The Salvation’s Angel Tree boarded a plane to get a taste of Christmas at the Mississippi Air National Guard in Jackson.

“What we do is we decorate our hanger here put them on our aircraft make them think that they’re flying and then we bring them to the north pole,” Queen Elf, Marianne Breland explained.

“When that tail end of that aircraft drops and all the children are sitting there at the end of the ramp it is just incredible,” Breland said.

For a decade the 172d Airlift Wing has hosted the flight to the North Pole, with sponsors like Y-101 radio, The Salvation Army, Richard Schwartz, and the Brain Injury Association.

“It’s the only one in the world, mean to know that these kids right here from Jackson, Mississippi get to take part in something that only happens in Jackson, Mississippi is amazing,” Y-101 radio host, Carson Case said.

“It’s a tremendous help, God makes a way we thank God for it that’s all I can say,” parent Del Black said.

While the plane never really leaves the ground, volunteers say it’s about lifting up fellow Mississippians.

“It makes me proud, not only to represent Mississippi, but I’m not surprised that Mississippians have come together to put on something as grand as this and as meaningful as this because that’s what Mississippi is all about,” Miss Mississippi, Laura Lee Lewis explained.

Only 60 kids were picked for the flight, but gifts were donated to thousands of others on this year’s angel tree.

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