Santa’s Angels partnered with the Canadian Coast Guard to pull off the surprise visit
Hadeel Ibrahim · CBC News · Posted: Dec 25, 2019 4:36 PM AT | Last Updated: December 26, 2019
Santa prepares to board a coast guard helicopter to deliver presents to children at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.
Santa Claus traded in his sleigh for a helicopter and visited the children’s ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown on Wednesday morning.
The flight was organized by Santa’s Angels, a P.E.I. non-profit group that organizes Santa visits to more than 300 homes every Christmas, as well as the hospital. They bring food, utility baskets of cleaning supplies, and toys for the children.
Santa’s Angels partnered with the Canadian Coast Guard to borrow their helicoper and fly Santa to the hospital’s rooftop helipad.
Herb MacLaine, a spokesperson for Santa’s Angels, said Santa visited everyone at the hospital’s cafeteria, as well as the kids who couldn’t be home for Christmas. He said the children’s reactions were his favourite part of the experience.