Excitement was in the air at Wilson Air Center as more than 100 kids from the Shepherd Community Center waited anxiously to see if Santa would show. A decorated tree was placed with care and beside it each individual gift was laid out, ready to be delivered to its intended child.
Over the years, airport employees from the airport authority, airlines, car rental companies, concessions and general aviation providers, and cab drivers, have donated hundreds of toys to charitable organizations for distribution during the holidays. But recently the airport decided to try something new – to reach out to the neighborhood community center to help local kids in need.
“We have partnered with the Shepherd Community Center on several projects for the kids in recent years and as we looked for new ways to give back for the holidays, this just made sense,” said airport president Terry Hart. “This year through the generosity of airport employees we were able to buy great gifts for more than 100 children.”
The Community Center provided each child’s name and wish list to the airport, and all gifts were provided by individuals employed at the airport. Many airport employees also donated their time to assist with the party.
“I can’t say enough how proud I am of all the efforts of the entire airport community,” Mr. Hart said. “This party was an event these kids and all our staff will never forget.”