The Redlands Airport Association (RAA) would like to thank all that contributed toys and cash donations during our “Stuff a Plane! Charity Toy Drive” this year. With your help, we collected a huge number of toys and cash for The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps. The number of toys donated was more than double the amount from last year.
We had numerous businesses and entities that sponsored collection boxes for our drive and collected toys throughout the month of November. Here are some photos of our 2022 Stuff a Plane Collection Box Sponsors.
We concluded our “Stuff a Plane! Charity Toy Drive” at Redlands Municipal Airport on Saturday, December 3rd. To help bring the community out to donate toys, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 845 offered Young Eagle airplane rides for kids ages 8-17. They flew 25 extremely excited kids for a flight in a small aircraft. There were a couple flight simulators set up in the lobby for kids to experience controlling an aircraft. The RAA had a nice BBQ lunch and cotton candy available for purchase. Santa arrived in an airplane, visited with the kids, and handed out candy canes.
The RAA also hosted a LifeStream blood drive. Donors donated 15 units of blood at the event. On December 6th, a couple of the donors were already notified their blood was transferred to local hospitals to help patients that needed a transfusion.
Some members of The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps were on hand to witness all the wonderful toys being delivered and displayed in front of a WWII Fairchild PT-19 aircraft. At the end of the day, we completely filled the box truck they brought. Cash donations to The Salvation Army given at the event was in excess of $2,000. All of these donations will help The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps to help those in need in our local area have a Merry Christmas.
Here is a link to pictures from the event: 12-3-22 Stuff a Plane Charity Toy Drive Photos
Thank you once again to all that contributed toy and cash donations to support The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps and making the RAA’s “Stuff a Plane Charity Toy Drive” a huge success.