Santa makes special trip to Reno-Tahoe airport to bring presents to families in need


The Reno-Tahoe International Airport hosted "Operation Santa" this Saturday.

The event was held in the airport's Atlantic Aviation hangar, and it benefited the Children's Cabinet. The organization assists families in need throughout the year through programs and services.

Case managers invited 23 families to participate in the event Saturday.

There, each family was presented with a fully decorated Christmas tree and presents.

There was music, dancing, food, and a special visit from Santa Claus.

He greeted the families after flying in on a C-130, courtesy of the Nevada National Guard.

He was escorted in by 20 other planes.

Several organizations had volunteers come to make the event a success.

The Damonte Ranch High School choir and Flips Gymnastics performed, the airport's Paws for Passengers brought therapy dogs, Wolf Pack football players and the North Valleys High School ROTC helped with set up, and airline pilots participated in Santa's parade.

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