Friday, November 25, 2016

Operation Good Cheer seeks volunteer pilots

Operation Good Cheer is seeking pilots to volunteer their time and aircraft to help deliver Christmas gifts to Michigan children in need.

The pilots will fly from Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) to airports throughout the state on the weekend of Dec. 2 and 3.

“More than 5,000 children and adults with special needs experience the magic of Christmas because of the generosity of the volunteers and donors of Operation Good Cheer,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a news release. “But this year there is a shortage of pilots. So, we’re putting out the call for local pilots to step up and help give these children a Christmas to remember.”

Each year, Michigan infants, children, teenagers and adults with disabilities make their Christmas wish lists with Operation Good Cheer. Donors purchase the gifts and trucking companies pick up and deliver the gifts to OCIA where volunteers wrap them. Pilots who have volunteered their time and aircraft then fly the gifts to airports around Michigan and their intended recipients.

In 2015, Operation Good Cheer delivered 16,000 gifts to 5,394 recipients with the help of 151 volunteer pilot and 500 volunteers on the ground.

To volunteer as a pilot, go to, click on the “Operation Good Cheer” link and fill out the pilot application. To learn more about Operation Good Cheer, go to and look for Operation Good Cheer. 

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