Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots Airlift, December 7, 2019

Our “Stuff a Plane with Toys for Tots” event on Saturday November 16th was a huge success. With the help of all the donors, sponsors, and volunteers the amount of toys collected, once again, appears to be greater than we collected last year. Way to go!

Some of the Toy Haul from our 2019 Stuff a Plane Event
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On Saturday, December 7th, (weather permitting) volunteer pilots will be flying the toys from Redlands Airport (REI) to 29 Palms Airport (TNP). This is where they will be delivered to the USMC. This is not an RAA sponsored fly-out. Due to permit requirements and liability the RAA will no longer organize, manage or sponsor this fly-out.

We are hearing the fly-out is still on as individual volunteer pilots will continue the toy airlift to the USMC. This year the fly-out will be managed by volunteer pilots. These pilots will participate at their own expense and liability. The RAA will simply communicate any details shared with us about the fly-out by volunteer pilots.

As in years past, this has been a fun fly-out. Pilots and crews dress for the occasion in any type of holiday attire or accessories to get in the holiday spirit. Here is the current information we have received about the airlift on 12-7. 

Toys for Tots Airlift Schedule

9:30 AM – All participating aircraft must be parked on the west ramp of REI. Pilots and crews will load their planes with toys, bagged and waiting, at the Coyote Hangar complex.

10:00 AM – Pilot Safety Briefing

10:15 AM Aircraft begin departing REI for TNP

11:00 AM -12:00 PM – Aircraft arrive at TNP.

12:30 PM – Aircraft begin departing TNP for return

2:00 PM -Pilot debrief at Johnny’s Tacos

If you want to help bag toys, or have any questions about the fly-out please contact the RAA as soon as possible at: redlands.airport.association@gmail.com

We are still collecting toys until December 6th. If you have a donation, simply drop it off in the Toys for Tots collection box in the public lobby at Redlands Municipal Airport, located at 1745 Sessums Drive.