The RAA’s 10/29/16 Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots kickoff event at Redlands Municipal Airport was a big success. It certainly was bigger and better than last year. It was an educational and fun event for the local community and airport users. Santa was a surprise guest as he did drop in to say hi to the kids.
It all showed too, as our early assessment is we doubled our collection of toys and donations as compared to the kickoff event held last year.
Notable donors included: Redlands Police Officers Association, San Bernardino County Sheriffs Aviation Division, Redlands Aviation, Clean Relief Portables and RAA members Al Barone, James and Diane Hoyt. Also, Alex Mirand and his family flew in from Long Beach, CA and donated 6 new bicycles and RAA members Dave and Michelle Guthmiller donated 6 new helmets.
Exhibitors included: San Bernardino County Sheriffs Aviation Division, Redlands Fire Department, Redlands Police Department, Hangar 24 Charities, Read for Life, Aero Tech Academies, Redlands Flying Club. Westwind Flying Club, Valley College, Valley College Aero Club, numerous car, motorcycle and aircraft displays and of course our friends from the USMC Reserve 29 Palms.
Toy collection will continue at locations including the public lobby at Redlands Airport, Luxivar FBO at San Bernardino Airport, Johnny’s Taco’s in Redlands, Arthurs Restaurant in Mentone, and at Hangar 24 Brewery Tasting Room. Look for the official toy collection boxes at these locations. Contact Cindy Gablin for more information @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
On December 3, 2016, weather permitting, local pilots at Redlands airport will use their aircraft to deliver the toys to USMC Reserve personnel at 29 Palms airport.
Thanks to all the volunteers and donors that helped us yesterday with this event! We can’t do these type of events without your help and support. Photos of the event can be located on our website under the photo’s tab.