GOOD NEWS

Angel Flight pilots bring gifts, donations to Title I schools

Dec 7, 2023, 8:05 PM | Updated: Dec 8, 2023, 7:27 am

ST. GEORGE — A Title I school in St George is heading into Christmas with a bunch of new school supplies, toys for kids in need, and cash donations – all thanks to dozens of pilots who flew there Thursday.

The program is called “Santa Flight.” It allows pilots like Hans Feugi to bring the Christmas spirit to hundreds of elementary school kids.

“And that warms everybody’s heart,” Feugi said. ” This is festive!”

Feugi unloading gifts from the plane.

Feugi unloads gifts from the plane. (KSL TV)

After a whole year of giving their time and resources, pilots from all over Utah help get people in remote areas to their important medical treatments.

“It’s a two-way street. I get this much out of it as they do it, quite frankly. And I’m very happy to be able to help,” Feugi said.

Kids being greeted by Santa's elves.

Kids are greeted by Santa’s elves. (KSL TV)

It allows pilots like David Hellberg to gather cash donations, school supplies and toys for schools like Sunset Elementary in St. George.

“It’s a little bit sad to see the people who live in outlying communities and desperately need medical care in a bigger city like Salt Lake and just can’t,”  Hellberg said. “It’s a good time. I look forward to it every year. I think all these guys do that fly down here.”

David Hellberg working on Santa's plane.

Hellberg working on Santa’s plane. (KSL TV)

It gives the kids some time with the jolly man in red, which Principal Julie Smith said all kids look forward to.

“Presents for them clothes, coats, books,” Smith said. “And I just really appreciate Angel Flight for doing this for them. We’ve been so excited.”

“Every year it gets better, it gets bigger. The pilots are just amazing. They keep donating and donating,” added Steve Bollinger, the wing leader for Utah Angel Flight West. “It just… it doesn’t get any better than that.

Volunteers getting the presents out of the planes. (KSL TV) Santa arriving at the hangar by airplane. (KSL TV) Santa arriving at the hangar by airplane. (KSL TV) Students waiting to see Santa in the hangar. (KSL TV) Santa delivering gifts to the kids. (KSL TV) Santa delivering gifts to the kids. (KSL TV) Hundreds of kids waiting for Santa to arrive. (KSL TV) Kids being greeted by Santa's elves. (KSL TV)

KSL 5 TV Live

Good News

A mother holding a newborn in a hospital bed...

Shelby Lofton

Utah family chooses Leap Day for their daughter’s birthday

A Utah family celebrated the birth of their new baby girl who was born on a day that only comes every four years.

16 hours ago

The stage of the Tabernacle Choir as they perform in Manila. (Dan Rascon, KSL News)...

Dan Rascon

Tabernacle Choir performs unforgettable concert in Manila

It was a night not to be forgotten in the Philippines as the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performed  its first major concert before thousands of Filipinos at the Mall of Asia’s 9,000 set arena.

3 days ago

Keith Sorenson opens a tool shed to display the tools of the trade. (Stuart Johnson, KSL News)...

Alex Cabrero

Taylorsville heritage center reclaims stolen historic anvils

A pair of historically-significant anvils were finally returned to Taylorsville after being stolen two years ago.

3 days ago

Henry Sorenson fights a small fire with Midvale Fire Department....

Alex Cabrero

5-year-old cancer patient sworn in to Unified Fire Authority

A 5-year-old battling bone cancer was sworn in as a Unified Fire Authority firefighter just before a major surgery.

7 days ago

Michaun Torgersen and Ashley Hone talk to KSL TV about repurposing wedding dresses. (KSL TV)...

Eliza Pace

‘This means a lot to me’: Utah woman repurposes wedding dresses into burial outfits for babies

A Spanish Fork woman is using wedding dresses for a special project. Michaun Torgersen takes donated dresses and makes beautiful burial clothing for stillborn or miscarried babies.

7 days ago

The Bates family sold their Utah house, quit their jobs and left family and friends to move to Mexi...

Tamara Vaifanua

Utah family opens school for teens in Mexico

A Utah family who volunteered at orphanages in Mexico has moved there permanently to open a school of their own.

10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Angel Flight pilots bring gifts, donations to Title I schools