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Tree of Hope 2016 overwhelming success

Team effort results in gifts delivered to children at 39 hospitals

 

Photo courtesy of Tree of Hope

Pilot Ron Wagner flew in from Flying Cloud with passenger Todd Schwartz. Ron is a member of the Zuhrah Shrine Flyers flying in toys.

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Once again the Tree of Hope toy collection was held on the first Saturday of December at Maple Lake Airport.

The aviation community came through to help support children and their families that are hospitalized over the holidays.

The airport was kept busy with over 35 planes ( a record number) flying in to drop off toys. Even Santa took time to fly in with some toys!

There was lots of activity inside also with over 65 volunteers helping to get toys ready to go to hospitals.

Photo courtesy of Tree of Hope

A volunteer pilot cheerfully loading up plane to deliver toys to his assigned hospital. .

Volunteers sorted toys, making sure there were batteries included when needed. Toys were then placed in large bags according to each hospitals needs.

There were 115 large bags taken by volunteers to be delivered to 39 hospitals across Minnesota – some leaving Maple Lake by air, others by ground.

These toys will be distributed to children in the hospitals over the holiday to help put a smile on a little face during a difficult time.

Thank you to all who participated, either as a volunteer, or by donating toys or money to purchase toys. Each of you played a part in helping a child this holiday season!

To see more pictures, visit us on Facebook at Tree of Hope – Mn

For more information about Tree of Hope, visit our website

http://www.holidaytreeofhope.org

Next year's Tree of Hope is Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

 

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