FLOWOOD, MS (WLBT) - It was the trip of a lifetime for 60 children adopted by Jackson metro area families through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. The children and their parents boarded a C17 Globemaster III to travel to a aircraft hanger on the Mississippi National Guard base transformed into the "North Pole."
"We're going to the North Pole!" exclaimed Tonya Henderson, mother of an Angel Tree child. "I think I'm more excited than the kids are."
Although most have never been on a plane before, the children seem to have just one thing on their mind.
"We want Santa!" yelled a six year old girl.
With lightning fast speed the plane touched down.
"When they get off that plane I mean their eyes were glowing and I mean they don't have a worry in the world," said Carson Case, DJ for Y101.7.
Everyone one was here including Mrs. Claus and Jack Frost, but the main attraction was Santa and every child got a moment with him.
"How are you? I've been waiting all night to see you," said Santa Claus to a child.
It was Christmas magic as gifts were passed out because without the help of the Salvation Army Angel Tree these children would not get a Christmas.
"It's a blessing. I'm a single parent (to two children) and at a time right now it's a blessing," said Latrice Hunt.
"We have people that come out and adopt these angels that the year before they had kids that were adopted so it's just an ongoing thing, giving back each year," said Nate West with Y101.7.
This is the fourth year with the Salvation Army, the radio people the Mississippi National Guard have partnered for the flight to the north pole. "It's the best project I've ever seen. I can't say enough about what this unit does and the excitement in the air," said Adjutant General William Freeman.
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