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Fantasy Flight: Foster kids fly to the North Pole

Local kids get to meet Santa at the "North Pole"
Fantasy Flight: Spreading holiday cheer to foster kids
Posted at 10:14 PM, Dec 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-08 00:14:29-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Flight 1225, called the Fantasy Flight, landed in the "North Pole" on Saturday night. It's a plane packed with nearly 30 children, who got to meet Santa Claus when they landed.

The flight took off out of the Colorado Springs Airport, flew around for a while, and then landed back at the airport which had been transformed into the "North Pole." 29 children were on the flight, and 26 of those have been in foster care. "We have seven kids in our household, so trying to do like really fun things with them can be really difficult just logistically and money-wise. So, to have this opportunity to have our kiddos go on an airplane and fly to the North Pole, and have this experience, without at all it being a financial burden on us is huge, it's amazing for us," said Sasha Christensen, a foster parent who brought her children to the flight.

It was a gift supplied by a number of organizations, including CPCD, SkyWest, and the Junior League of Colorado Springs. "The Junior League just delights in bringing a little bit of holiday magic to kids who might otherwise not experience it. For a lot of these kids, this is their first time on a plane, and to see the excitement whenever they meet Santa and go to the North Pole is just priceless," said Amy Salisbury-Werhane, the president of the Junior League of Colorado Springs.

This was the 13th annual Fantasy Flight.