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Numerous planes to touch down in Alpena with gifts for kids

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on December 7, 2018 – 12:56 amNo Comment
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Two agencies in Alpena along with the local airport are participating in Child and Family Services of Michigan’s Operation Good Cheer program.

The annual, volunteer-based program provides Christmas gifts for children in foster care across the state.

Kids chosen for Operation Good Cheer are victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.  Through their foster care agencies, the children submitted “Wish lists” which were distributed to hundreds of individual and group donors who purchased and wrapped gifts specially chosen for each individual child.

More than 20,000 gifts will be delivered to 6,771 children in Michigan.

Gifts for children across northeast Michigan are expected to land at Alpena County Regional Airport on Friday.  Airport Manager Steve Smigelski says typically 8-12 airplanes land with gifts, however that jumped to 45 planes last year and he is unaware of how many may come this year.

Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan and the Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency Department of Health and Human Services are also involved in the program.

Every child and youth participating in the program receives at least three gifts, including items such as toys, books, clothes, bikes and electronics.

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