Thrilling the children who watched and waited on shore, Santa Claus delivered gifts from his helicopter sleigh to Coast Guard families in Rhode Island on the lawns surrounding the historic Warwick Lighthouse.
For members of the Coast Guard’s Civil Engineering Unit Providence the mid-December holiday event is a time for families to come together to share in the nearly 90-year-old tradition of the flying Santa.
“It’s a great tradition,” Lt. Kyle Ensley, a facility asset manager at CEU Providence and an attendee with his family for the third straight year, said in a statement. “The fact that Santa flies in blows the kids away.”
Santa talks to all of the children who attend, giving them gifts, and that means a great deal to everyone, said Ensley.
It is clear, however, that the flying Santa event does much more than deliver remote-control cars and teddy bears, he said.
“It’s a great opportunity for military families to come together,” Ensley said. “With families moving every three to four years, they don’t always have a support network around them.”