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Santa Claus cleared for landing at Smith Field…

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.

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