Jean Klock Beach, Harbor Shores Golf, and Southwest Michigan Regional Airport easterly from Lake Michigan!
Operation Good Cheer! Santa arrives by airplane the first Saturday in December at SWMRA to help bring joy and gifts!!
SWMRA was proud to be a participant in making Christmas 2011 Very Merry for Southwest Michigan foster children, teens, and adults with disabilities. On Arrival, SWMRA Staff, along with Dept of Human Services and Community vounteers met aircraft loaded with gifts for children, teens and adults with disabilities in our area.
Operation Good Cheer was started by a group of Ford Motor Company employees in 1971, when they pooled their money normally spent on Christmas cards and instead put it toward buying gifts for 66 children. Today, Operation Good Cheer is coordinated and sponsored by Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc., based in Okemos. The program this year will benefit 4,589 children, teens and adults with disabilities who are in foster care, residential treatment, and group homes sponsored by 48 private child and family social service programs. Planes flew gifts to 17 airports, and trucks delivered to destinations closer to Pontiac.
Santa helps off load the 900 plus gifts including many newly assembled bicycles!
WELCOMING PILOTS AND SANTA! Volunteers and Santa's elves welcome pilots and Santa to SWMRA!
Southwest Michigan Regional Airport Sorting the gifts wrapped and waiting for delivery to children, teens and adults with disabilities living in foster homes and residential care in our communities.