United Airlines Hosts Fantasy Flights To The North Pole For Kids
Have you ever heard of “Fantasy Flights?” I just learned about this amazing initiative today and had to share the details with you all. This is the twentieth year that United Airlines employees have made the holidays for families even brighter thanks to their Fantasy Flights to the North Pole. The flights are provided to children who are currently living in undeserved communities or facing illness. The special holiday experience begins upon arrival, when the children enter an airport gate or hangar where United employees have strung lights, set up Christmas trees and festively decorated to create a magical holiday destination. Children meet Santa Claus and local celebrities, receive gifts and play games for a day of fun.
Fantasy Flights are entirely volunteer-driven. United provides the aircraft and event location, while employees and retirees volunteer their time to raise money for gifts and fuel, bake cookies, prepare food, decorate gates and hangars, and even don holiday costumes. More than 1,500 employees volunteer each year.
United will host Fantasy Flights in all of its hub cities – Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, Newark, N.J., San Francisco and Washington, D.C. – as well as Boise, ID., Phoenix, San Antonio, Texas, and Sydney.