Something magical is about to happen in our area for amazing and deserving children. A visit from Santa, piles of sparkly gifts precision-wrapped with care for eager little hands to briskly open, and festive goodies with games and fun is standard fanfare for most kids. But for a special group of terminally ill children and their families, this type of celebration represents an especially bright, love-filled few hour reprieve from what are typically very difficult days and nights. Santa and his helpers will alleviate stress and lighten the load a bit for parents while reminding the children that they are thought of in a special way.
The road from preparation to when Santa’s sleigh lands at the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport on December 7th, signaling the start of the annual Flight to the North Pole is paved with dozens of volunteers putting in hundreds of hours of pre-work. Sponsored by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport Fire Department and several business partners, this event brings smiles and joy to area children who desperately need it. Sadly, the days and gatherings for many of these families is few; they understand the importance of giving every day your all and are inspired by the love and compassion these festivities provide.
Imagine their faces as Santa arrives ready to pass out presents picked out just for them. In Santa’s Workshop, the kids can hear the pounding and excited singing of elves putting the finishing touches on nutcrackers and baby dolls. The cheer in the air is palpable. Area restaurants are on-hand to serve everyone a variety of tasty foods and treats. Flight to the North Pole is an event that affects countless families in the area as last year’s attendance included 120 terminally ill children along with their siblings and parents.
A Benefit Car/Motorcycle Show that will directly assist Santa’s Flight to the North Pole is taking place Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, 600 301 Blvd. West, Bradenton. Show prizes, silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, DJ and food vendors will be there to help you enjoy the sights and sounds of yesterday with vintage and collector autos and bikes. Come out and enjoy the first inklings of fall weather as you help insure that terminally ill children in our area will be provided an upcoming day of wistful fun. For a nominal entry fee of $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show, auto and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to wax, buff, shine, and drive on up to show off your amazing rides. When a charity this important comes along, we need to nurture it so that in turn, it can keep assisting terminally ill children and their families in our area. Add in a fun night in the Florida November-air looking at cool roadsters and hot rods and you have an event that simply must make your to-do list this weekend. For more information on Flight to the North Pole, please visit http://flighttothenorthpole.org
For more information on the car/motorcycle show please contact Yvonne Gard at (941) 747-3011, ext. 2222.
Photos courtesy of Flight to the North Pole Facebook page.