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I wanted to make you aware of a change to our Fantasy Flight event this Saturday, 04 DEC 2021. Due to guidance from Delta’s medical team and advisors related to COVID concerns and the fact that some of our guests and kids may have special needs, we have made the decision to not provide a full meal during the event at this time. There will still be beverages and some pre-packaged snacks for guests available at the event but a full, sit-down meal will not be happening this year. We hope to bring it back next year in 2022.
On another note, today is “GivingTuesday,” a day that follows “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” and that bills itself as “a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world.” From the GivingTuesday website (https://www.givingtuesday.org):
“GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.”
And from another website (https://www.trackinghappiness.com/why-giving-makes-you-happy/), the idea of giving is discussed and the positive benefits it has on the giver.
“There is a lot of scientific evidence that giving in practically any form has enormous benefits for the giver. This includes a happier mood, a greater sense of wellbeing, lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and even better longevity.”
By volunteering to serve at the 2021 Pilots For Kids Fantasy Flight to the North Pole this Saturday, you have already started down the path of “doing good” for others that hopefully makes you feel good as well! And I want to again say “thank you” in advance for your service!
Of course, another more tangible way of doing good is by helping to support the local MSP chapter of Pilots For Kids financially with a simple donation. These funds are used to purchase decorations, supplies, activities, food, snacks and more and also to provide gifts to the children and families we serve at the event each year.
If you have already donated, thank you! And if you haven’t done so already, please consider donating now to support this and other future PFK events at https://www.pilotsforkids.org/dues-donations/donations.php?group_code=msp
Be sure to direct your donation to “MSP – Minneapolis, MN (Coordinator: Rossing)” on the drop-down menu. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of your donations go directly to support children in need. Thank you in advance for your support!
We look forward to seeing those of you who can attend Saturday as we get ready to usher in the Holiday Season with our Fantasy Flight to the North Pole! Have a great week!
I apologize for the tardiness of this note but wanted to let you know that the Pilots For Kids Fantasy Flight to the North Pole at MSP is BACK for 2021! After taking our first-ever forced hiatus last year in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, we are pressing forward full-steam ahead with planning for an outstanding event once again this year!
The date will be Saturday, 04 DEC 2021 from 1000-1500 that day. Location will be the same as in years’ past, Gates C4 and C5 by the Delta Employee Event Center (EEC) at MSP Airport. One change to this year’s event is that we will not have full use of the EEC as it has been converted to a more permanent computer training center for the Delta ACS employee workgroup. Therefore, serving and seating for the meal portion of the event will be set up outside the EEC in the general concourse area. Fortunately, we have a lot of good, useful space in that area and with the C4/C5 gates not in active use that day, we will be able to take advantage of spreading things out a bit more. This will also help from a COVID protocol standpoint by ensuring we incorporate good “social distancing” too.
Speaking of COVID protocols, the other change for this year’s event is that we must, of course, ensure everyone is wearing a mask properly at all times while in the MSP airport in accordance with local, state and federal policy. To that end, we will be making a few modifications to our activities for guests and their families by, for instance, replacing the “face painting” station with a mask (KN95 style) decoration station. Kids will be be able to make their own animal or otherwise funny/creative face on the mask for wear later.
In addition to OTG Management at MSP who will once again be providing the meal for our guests, we are fortunate and grateful that a new partner is joining us this year, the MSP Management team of HMS Host that oversees operations of several eateries within MSP including the Bottle Rockets restaurant located next to the C4/C5 gates. They are graciously allowing us to use the seating area in Bottle Rockets that can accommodate up to 40 people for our guests during the event. This will be a big help as it assists in making up for loss seating in the EEC. In addition, we’ll have other tables available to set up as needed to accommodate additional seating in the concourse area.
Our guests for the North Pole flight will once again be coming from MN Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Services and we expect to have about 220 people (kids and adults) in total. In addition, as we refreshed and renewed the traditional carnival aspect of the event in 2019 to the great delight, enjoyment and satisfaction by all, we will once again be having back our friends from the Science Museum of Minnesota and the 3M Visiting Wizards to provide interactive and astounding science-themed activities and presentations before the flight. Volunteers will be trained on several of these activities to help facilitate interaction with the guests.
Of course, the highlight of this event is not only boarding the Delta jet with accompanying “trip around the airport” to the North Pole, but also the appearance of Santa Claus himself upon the plane’s return to the gate that has suddenly been magically transformed to the North Pole! We are also looking forward to having appearances by MSP’s own Animal Ambassadors and mascots Victor, TC Bear, Crunch, Nordy and Goldy from MN sports teams Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Wild and Gophers respectively.
This event is open to anyone who would like to volunteer to help including pilots, flight attendants, etc. and any employees from other organizations as well as spouses and friends too. There is a potential limit on total number of helpers so if you are interested in volunteering, please register at our new Eventbrite weblink here:
If you have any further questions, please contact contact Clayton Leith (email@example.com) or myself, Chris Rossing (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also be sure to bid-off on your schedule for Saturday, 04 DEC to be available.
Thanks in advance for your help and enjoy the upcoming holidays!
Captain, Delta Air Lines
Pilots For Kids and MSP Fantasy Flight Coordinator
Save the date with more info to follow a few months prior (around late SEP/early OCT 2022).
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Events from the past year are displayed here. Please check below this section to see if pictures from these events are posted!
Annual event supporting MN Children's Home Society at MSP Airport. See news article at PFK MSP homepage or go to link below for more info and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-msp-pilots-for-kids-fantasy-flight-to-the-north-pole-tickets-85721089085
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Get Directions: MSP Airport, Gates C4/C5
2021 Pilots For Kids Fantasy Flight to the North Pole at MSP Airport
The 2021 Pilots for Kids Fantasy Flight to the North Pole was once again held at MSP Airport on 04 DEC 2021 where over 130 kids and families from MN Children's Home and Lutheran Social Services were served. It was a great day all around!
2019 Pilots For Kids Fantasy Flight to the North Pole at MSP Airport
On Saturday, 07 December 2019 several volunteers including Delta pilots, flight attendants others helped to make a difference in the lives of foster kids and families from the Minnesota Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Services at the 30th Annual Pilots For Kids Fantasy Flight to the North Pole held at MSP airport. Over 200 foster kids and families came to MSP and experienced some great food, games and entertainment including appearances by local sports mascots such as Goldy Gopher (MN Gophers), Viktor the Viking (MN Vikings) and T.C. Bear (MN Twins). In addition, there were other fun activities including face painting, beading, a candy fishing booth and hands-on science activities presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota as well as a cryogenics demonstration by the 3M Visiting Wizards. The highlight of the day however was when guests boarded a Delta aircraft for a “flight” to the North Pole that took them on a trip around the airport before arriving back at the gate about 45 minutes later where they then found an area that has been magically transformed into the North Pole and where Santa himself was waiting to greet them. Overall it was a wonderful day that helped not only the guests but also volunteers embrace and get in to the holiday spirit early.
PFK Goes On The Air To Help Call Bingo For Hospitalized Kids (Minneapolis, MN)
In January of 2018, Chris Rossing (Delta Air Lines) on behalf of Pilots For Kids spent part of his day calling Bingo with a character known as “The Dude” in the Star Studio at Children’s Minnesota Hospital and Clinics in Minneapolis, MN. As one of the largest freestanding pediatric health systems in the United States—with two hospitals, 12 primary care clinics and six rehabilitation and nine specialty care sites, Children’s Minnesota boasts its very own in-house TV studio and channel known as Star Studio. Offering programming in studio spaces on campuses in both Minneapolis and St Paul, Children’s own TV channel Star Studio provides positive, memorable experiences for patients and families as an alternative to mainstream and commercial entertainment. Star Studio produces several live, interactive shows that allow patients and families to participate through the telephone in their room or in the actual studio located on each campus. Studio spaces are located on both the Minneapolis and St Paul hospital campuses. Among several shows, Kids Clubhouse is a patient-favorite that features a variety of special guests, and games, and is hosted by “The Dude.” And on this day, Captain Rossing from PFK was the featured guest who got to help call multiple games of Bingo with “The Dude.” In addition to having a great time interacting with participants calling in to the show and in the studio, Captain Rossing brought a plethora of plush airplanes, lego-like airplane building kits and pens with LED lights as prizes to help brighten the day and New Year for some wonderful children on behalf of PFK. Below is a link to the show’s broadcast: http://childrensmnstarstudio.org/2018/01/15/star-studio-bingo-01-15-18/