CHESTERFIELD — Since 2009, the Virginia Chapter of the Ninety-Nines has sponsored a Christmas Toy Airlift to collect toys for military families who need help in providing for their children, many of whom are injured, ill or struggling financially. In November and December, new and unwrapped toys are taken to local airports throughout the state. Gifts are needed for children of all ages.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, pilots will fly the donations to Richmond Executive Airport, 7427 Airfield Drive, where soldiers from Fort Lee will pick them up and transport them to the Holiday Helper Association for distribution. In Chesterfield County, a donation box is located in the lobby of Richmond Executive Airport. Residents are encouraged to bring gifts at any time from now through Dec. 13.
Santa also will be flying in on Dec. 13, 10 a.m., to visit with children and receive their donations. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the L.C. Bird Chorus, the Bon Air Strings and Walt Street, a retired singer from the Air Force Band. King’s Corner restaurant will be open for lunch.
In addition to toys, gifts and gift cards (Visa or MasterCard preferred, or cards to Target, Wal-Mart, local restaurants or stores) are needed for the veterans at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center. They also need clothing (larger sizes of men’s and women’s underwear, socks, sweat pants and shirts) and toiletries (8-12 oz. containers of deodorant, body wash, lotion, alcohol-free mouthwash, toothpaste and denture cleanser and adhesive)
For more information, contact Barbara Headley, 804-580-4624 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Joyce Meier, 804-932-3641 or email@example.com.