Christmas Comes Early for 30 Less Fortunate Kids - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Christmas Comes Early for 30 Less Fortunate Kids

Posted: Updated:
Organizers say most of these kids wouldn't have a Christmas if it wasn't for this event. Organizers say most of these kids wouldn't have a Christmas if it wasn't for this event.
The annual program sponsored by the Jackson Metro Salvation Army, Mississippi National Guard, and Y101 provides kids with a special trip to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop. The annual program sponsored by the Jackson Metro Salvation Army, Mississippi National Guard, and Y101 provides kids with a special trip to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop.
The annual program sponsored by the Jackson Metro Salvation Army, Mississippi National Guard, and Y101 provides kids with a special trip to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop. The annual program sponsored by the Jackson Metro Salvation Army, Mississippi National Guard, and Y101 provides kids with a special trip to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More than 30 less fortunate kids will now have a Christmas to remember thanks to the 8th annual Flight to the North Pole program.

The annual program sponsored by the Jackson Metro Salvation Army, Mississippi National Guard, and Y101 provides kids with a special trip to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop.

The kids first toured a historic C-17 plane, then pair up with elves (local volunteers) that help them shop.

 "Each one will get a bike, with a helmet and they will each get several gifts, a set of clothing and some shoes and a jacket, so it's not elaborate but it's something that will make their Christmas very Merry," Captain Ken Chapman with the Salvation Army.

Gifts weren't the only things the kids received. Some enjoyed face painting, games and even took their picture with Santa.

Volunteers say seeing the kid's face lit up is the biggest reward.

"It feels great to see the children it really makes you feel the real reason of Christmas and giving back I feel this has been full circle for me so I'm so happy to be here," said Jacqueline Moore, a volunteer.

Volunteers through local companies like the Salvation Army, Mississippi National Guard and Y101 say seeing the kid's face lit up is the biggest reward.

"It's such a good feeling because that's what's Christmas is its making things happen that wouldn't happen otherwise," said Emily Winstead.  

Organizers say most of these kids wouldn't have a Christmas if it wasn't for this event.

"Without this program they will not and the magical moment is when that ramp goes down and the elves come up and love on those children. This is something I think is life changing for these children because they will remember this the rest of their lives," said Captain Chapman.  

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:37:15 GMT
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcementMore >>
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcement to find out how it all went.More >>
  • Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
  • Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:53:08 GMT
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened near mile marker 36.More >>
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened just before 7pm near mile marker 36.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.