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Operation Good Cheer returns to Pentastar PTK

Last weekend, Pentastar Aviation KPTK looked more like Santa’s Workshop than an FBO. Hangar 2 was filled with more than 200 volunteers and 13,521 gifts for 4,507 children across Michigan. Semi-trucks and aircraft, manned by volunteer drivers and pilots, stood by on the ramp, waiting to be loaded with thousands of wrapped gifts. Operation Good Cheer was back!

Volunteers load a truck with gifts inside a hangar at Pentastar Aviation.

Operation Good Cheer, sponsored by Child & Family Services of Michigan, is in it’s 41st year of spreading holiday cheer across the state. Every year, thousands of children in state care receive Christmas gifts through Operation Good Cheer. The gifts are sorted at Pentastar before being distributed to agencies all over Michigan via plane and truck on the first Saturday in December.

Pentastar employees Lee Ann Collard and Matt Sanzobrin take a quick break from spreading good cheer.

Every year, Pentastar hosts the collection, sorting and distribution of gifts for Operation Good Cheer, welcoming hundreds of volunteers to the facility and serving a complimentary dinner on Friday night. Pentastar’s employees also sponsored 50 children this year, purchasing more than 150 gifts collectively.

Pentastar employee Nancy Kemmer is full of cheer as she helps load gifts into a waiting aircraft.

Kellie Rittenhouse from Hangar Management and Pentastar Aviation's Danielle Tanner wait for more gifts to arrive. Hangar Management hosted all of the volunteer pilots and staged Operation Good Cheer flight operations.

 Pentastar is proud to serve the local community in Southeast Michigan through support of events like Operation Good Cheer, aviation education programming, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes and more.

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