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Pentastar Aviation brings Christmas cheer to Michigan children

Waterford, Mich. – Pentastar Aviation once again hosted gift collection, sorting and distribution for Child and Family Services of Michigan’s 43rd annual Operation Good Cheer program.  In addition to hosting the event, Pentastar Aviation employees sponsored 60 children.  This year, 4,986 children will receive gifts through Operation Good Cheer – a record number.

“It’s a privilege to host Operation Good Cheer at our facility every year,” said Greg Schmidt, President & CEO, Pentastar Aviation.  “It’s amazing to see the hangar filled with presents and it’s a real joy to kick off the holiday season by making Christmas brighter for these kids.  The Pentastar Aviation team members are proud to support this terrific event.”

Gifts that are dropped off at Pentastar Aviation are sorted and then loaded onto aircraft, trucks and other vehicles to be distributed to Michigan children in private, nonprofit social service agencies and foster care, residential treatment or group homes.  This year, 253 donors, including individuals, families, employer groups schools and community service organizations purchased gifts from “Wish Lists” provided by the children.  Each child receives at least three gifts, including items such as toys, clothing and books.

“The spirit of Operation Good Cheer is really brought full circle by thousands of amazing volunteers and numerous local partners,” said Sherry Brackenwagen, Administrative Director of Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc.  “This ‘spirit’ is what brings happiness and hope to thousands of children every holiday season.”

About Pentastar Aviation

For 50 years, Pentastar Aviation has been a leader in the world of business aviation. Pentastar Aviation provides award-winning FBO services, aircraft maintenance, aircraft management services, aviation advisors, avionics design/installation/repair, and custom aircraft interiors.  Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. provides aircraft charter services and direct air carrier services for helicopter emergency medical services and air ambulance operations.  Pentastar Aviation’s repair stations at Oakland International (KPTK) and Oxford (OXC) airports are among the most expansive and well-equipped facilities in the nation.  Pentastar Aviation is a proud provider of Avfuel branded fuels. Pentastar Aviation supports many charities and aviation-based education initiatives including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Operation Good Cheer, Sky Hope Network, EAA Young Eagles and local Aviation Day programming.

About Child and Family Services

Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. is a private, statewide, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization which provides administrative services to nine member agencies and implements its own services and programs, including: Post-Adoption Services, Confidential Intermediary Services, Children’s Entitlement Fund and Operation Good Cheer.  Individuals interested in more information abaout Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc., its programs, or how to make a financial contribution, can visit or contact Sherry Brackenwagen at 517.349.6226.