HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Santa Claus spent time away from the North Pole helping Angel Flight West deliver gifts to 600 students at a southern Utah school.
The donations for Santa Flight flew in on more than a dozen planes from Salt Lake City Wednesday.
Giving reindeer a day off, Santa Claus makes a grand entrance on a helicopter to Hurricane Elementary School.
“We got as many donations as we could for the school,” Eagle Scout Candidate Cooper Taylor said.
Sixteen Eagle Scout candidates from Provo, Salt Lake and Bountiful gathered 7,000 pounds of school supplies, warm clothes, and toys for the children.
With so many donations, the ‘Triple Deuce’ National Guard helped unload 16 planes flown in from northern Utah.
“It feels good to go somewhere else and help other people,” Eagle Scout Candidate Riley Steed said.
For 16 years, members of the Utah Wing of Angel Flight West gather and deliver needed supplies and toys to Title One schools in rural communities throughout Utah.
“We just found that they were a school in need and so we came down here to do it,” Santa Flight Coordinator Steve Bollinger said.
Angel Flight West also gathered $8,000 in cash and checks for whatever else the school needs.
“It’s just a reminder of how great people really are,” Hurricane Elementary Principal Travis Wilstead said.
Angel Flight is a volunteer-driven organization that arranges non-emergency air transportation for patients with health care needs away from their home.