Backcountry Santas Load Planes With Supplies – And Presents – For Navajo Nation

Dec 10, 2020, 1:39 PM | Updated: 3:00 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Mike Huish is one of more than 40 pilots who call themselves the Backcountry Santas.

On Thursday, they loaded up small planes with boxes and bags full of goods bound for the Navajo Nation.

“We have, I think, 42 planes lines up with, yeah, a lot of supplies,” Huish said.

Those supplies include essentials like food, toilet paper and other personal hygiene items. However, the Backcountry Santas have added a few things to the list for this trip that they didn’t include during their flights last December.

“We realized, I think we missed an opportunity with also bringing toys and stuff, things that are fun for the kids and others, kind of along with our name, ‘Backcountry Santas,'” Huish said.

The effort has also grown in donations this year thanks to Huish Outdoors, the Utah Tribal Relief Foundation and a network of pilots.

This is now their third trip to the Navajo Nation.

During the summer, the group took goods to help a community hit hardest by COVID-19.

“This year we had so many airplanes and so much capacity that it was, like, we need more goods,” Huish said. “So we sent the message out and literally in days we had it.”

In total, an estimated $50,000 worth of supplies will be given to the Navajo Nation. The biggest gift of all, though, is one without a dollar amount.

“It’s a way for people to give back,” Huish said. “I mean, I think anybody can be involved from the standpoint of being able to donate what we can bring to the community. But for us that are delivering, it spreads the joy even amongst the pilots don’t this mission with us.”

It’s a mission the Backcountry Santas plan on continuing for years to come.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Huish said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Good News

The Northern Lights were visible in Tooele, Utah at approximately 1 a.m. Friday morning. (Denys Rem...
Brooke Williams

How to see the northern lights, sighted recently in Utah skies

People have reported seeing the northern lights, or Aurora Borealis, from Norther Utah in recent days.
4 days ago
Utah Transit Authority bus driver Nick Pappas is honored Wednesday, March 22, after rescuing Mariss...
Karah Brackin

UTA honors bus driver for rescuing Utah woman being attacked by dogs

The Utah Transit Authority honored a bus driver Wednesday for rescuing a woman who was being viciously attacked by two Rottweilers in Kearns.
7 days ago
(KSL TV)...
Karah Brackin

Utah math teacher blazing trail as world arm wrestling champion

In the Jordan School District, there is a teacher who said after weightlifting for some time, she felt like she needed a competitive outlet. She decided to turn to a niche sport: arm wrestling.
19 days ago
Students at the Jean Massieu School for the Deaf are excited to meet new people at the National Hig...
Brooke Williams

National Deaf High School Theatre Festival scheduled for SLC this month

The National Deaf High School Theatre Festival will be held in Salt Lake City March 16-19, and the final performance will streamed live for viewers at a distance.
20 days ago
(Ogden Police Department)...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Utah family grateful after police, community help find lost service dogs in snowstorm

An Ogden family is grateful to have their service dogs back, after both animals escaped from their home during the snowstorm last weekend, wandering miles away in the snow.
23 days ago
Ogden police animal service officer A. Dickman finding the lost door during the storm. (Ogden Polic...
Michael Houck

Ogden police officer returns lost dog to family during snowstorm

A lost dog was returned to its family after an Ogden police officer found it during a snowstorm over the weekend.
23 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Stack of old laptops with dark background...
PC Laptops

Old Laptop Upgrades You Need to Try Before Throwing it Away

Get the most out of your investment. Try these old laptop upgrades before throwing it out to keep it running fast and efficient.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
Backcountry Santas Load Planes With Supplies – And Presents – For Navajo Nation