Operation Good Cheer at Oakland County International Airport Delivers Thousands of Presents to Children this Holiday Season

This weekend, Operation Good Cheer will take to the skies to deliver more than 20,000 Christmas gifts to over 7,000 children in foster care throughout Michigan. Donated gifts will arrive for sorting inside a Pentastar Aviation hangar at Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) on Friday, December 6. Volunteers will then load the gifts into more than 200 airplanes for delivery to 29 airports around the state on Saturday, December 7.

“Oakland County loves supporting Operation Good Cheer because it has such a positive impact on thousands of children in foster care throughout Michigan,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “We’re grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of these children.”

Check out the video below to see their hard work in action:

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Give Back with Operation Good Cheer at the Oakland County International Airport

An airplane hanger is filled with mountains of wrapped gifts and dozens of bicycles waiting to be loaded into airplanes for Operation Good Cheer.

Operation Good Cheer delivers nearly 20,000 gifts to more than 6,700 foster children across Michigan from their home base at the Oakland County International Airport. Every year, donors wrap and sort gifts from children’s wish lists which are then flown to 26 airports across the state. Agency workers then pick-up the gifts and deliver them to foster children in time for Christmas.

This year’s annual event takes place on December 7th and 8th at Pentastar Aviation. Operation Good Cheer is looking for volunteer ground-crew members, pilots, and planes (big or small) in addition to gifts and wrapping supplies. Register as a volunteer at the sign-up link below:

Operation Good Cheer Volunteer Sign-Up

Operation Good Cheer is celebrating 47 years of making Christmas wishes come true. Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. started the charity in 1971 when a group of generous individuals gathered to wrap, organize, and deliver Christmas gifts to children in need. Check out the video below to see their hard work in action:

Stay up-to-date with Operation Good Cheer by following their Facebook page. Learn more about the program on Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc.’s website.


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2018 Oakland County International Airport Open House and Air Show Spectacular

This past weekend, the 33rd Annual Oakland County International Airport Open House and Air Show was a spectacle to behold for aviation fans young and old! Thousands of attendees filled the airport grounds for a day of family fun with the crowd swelling to 20,000 people for the Air Show.

A highlight for many was the jaw-dropping 90-minute Air Show! Professional pilots took to the skies to awe the crowds with their vintage planes, death-defying aerobatic tricks, and three and four-plane formation stunts. The finale of the show was the “Homewrecker” Jet Engine Powered Ford F-450 Truck blasting flames and smoke down the runway before “launching” off at speeds of 300mph!

Watch a recap from the 2018 Oakland County International Airport Open House and Air Show below, and be sure to keep your eyes to the sky for this free annual event each summer!

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2018 Oakland County International Airport Open House and Air Show

The time has nearly arrived for the Oakland County International Airport Open House and Air Show. On Sunday, August 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., head over to the airport to view the dazzling spectacles of aviation in Oakland County. The event features an abundance of awesome activities, from an airshow put on by professional aviators to rides in helicopters and airplanes. In addition, attendees can peruse the airport grounds and learn about classic World War II aircraft, and a variety of military, commercial, and civilian air vehicles.

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Volunteer with Operation Good Cheer

Operation Good Cheer is celebrating 46 years of making Christmas wishes come true. The volunteer Christmas gift-giving program began in 1971 when a group of generous individuals gathered to wrap, organize, and deliver Christmas gifts to children in need. The program was started by Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. to make a difference in the lives of children who reside in foster care.

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