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Santa Claus cleared for landing at Smith Field Airport to benefit Toys for Tots

Santa and his elves are taking a break from the North Pole to drop by Smith Field Airport this holiday season! “Santa’s Landing” welcomes the community to see Santa land in a helicopter (Rudolph and the gang are taking a break too), hear children’s holiday wishes, and enjoy refreshments on Thursday, November 29 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Santa’s flight is scheduled to arrive at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the event is one new, unwrapped toy donation for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation.

“This is a great opportunity for the whole family to stop by the airport and enjoy a little holiday fun, all for a very worthy cause,” said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of Airports. “Santa has never been to Smith Field, so we would love to draw a large crowd to welcome him to Fort Wayne.”

Last year, the local Toys for Tots program brought Christmas smiles to more than 6,400 children in the Fort Wayne area. This year, officials are anticipating at least that amount, with more than 1,500 families seeking assistance.

“We are very excited to be working together with the Airport Authority to coordinate the first annual ‘Santa’s Landing,’” said Sunny Helstrom, Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Director in Fort Wayne. “We are looking forward to seeing the support of the community in helping the less fortunate children in our area, and of course spending some time with Santa and his elves!”

Parking is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Smith Field Airport is an official Toys for Tots drop site. Those who are unable to attend “Santa’s Landing” are encouraged to stop by the airport anytime with a donation.

About Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (FWACAA) was created in 1985 and is responsible for managing the Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport. The airport authority is governed by a six-member board appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Commissioners. Serving northeast Indiana and the surrounding region, FWA offers nonstop service to 12 cities on four airlines. In 2018, FWA served 757,519 passengers –the ninth year of consecutive growth. As a result of FWACAA’s commitment to customer service, Fort Wayne International Airport was recognized by USA Today as one of the friendliest airports in the nation. For more information about the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, visit

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