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Angel Tree Children take a journey to the North Pole

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 JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Several lucky children went on the journey of a life-time Thursday.  Through the help of the Mississippi Air National Guard's 172nd Airlift Wing some of the Salvation Army's Angel Tree children took a simulated flight to the "North Pole."

More than 60 children traveled in a United States Air Force C-17 to Santa's workshop for a Christmas they will never forget.  An army of elves welcome their special guests to the North Pole.

Each child was led to Santa and called by name to sit on his lap.  "You know how special you are to come here?  We don't let just anyone come here," said Santa Claus.

After a hug from St. Nick the elves brought around the toys.  Four year old Gabriel got a pink scooter and a sack full of gifts.  For her mom it's a Christmas wish come true.

"It's been very hard on me.  My car got stolen on her birthday this year so this really helped a lot for me.  It really did and I appreciate it," said Amanda Bracey.

"Just to see the faces of these children.  It's just worth it.  This is what Christmas is all about," said Lt. Governor Phil Bryant.

In its third year the Salvation Army teamed up with the Mississippi Air National Guard and Y101 to bring ten more children on the flight.

"This is one of the better projects I have ever seen anywhere.  As I go across the U.S. I tell other Air Guard units about what we are doing and say we want to know more about it because we want to do it in our state," said Mississippi National Guard Adjutant General William Freeman.

"There's a reason why Mississippi has been called the most giving state and people prove it every year with the Salvation Army Angel Tree," said Nate and Murphy from the Morning Showgram on Y101.

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