Operation Good Cheer Takes to the Skies
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 06:02:47 EST
Foster children around Michigan will be granted holiday wishes through the annual Operation Good Cheer program which takes to the skies this weekend, including Alpena.
Numerous human service volunteers and workers are participating in the 46th annual Christmas-gift-giving program coordinated by Child and Family Services of Michigan.
Operation Good Cheer started in 1971 when Ford Motor company employees pooled money spent on Christmas cards and gave it to a worthy cause, and that year 66 children were involved. Since then, the program continued to grow and last year served over 45 hundred in foster care, residential treatment and group homes.
Each child enrolled in the program creates a wish list with six gift ideas as donors buy and wrap the gifts. Volunteers collect gifts and then make a journey to the Oakland County International Airport. On Saturday, gifts are loaded onto small private aircraft and volunteer pilots transport gifts to airports across the state, including Alpena.
From local airports, Child and Family Service - Health and Human Services agency workers and volunteers distribute gifts to participating agencies for children in their service area.