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Saturday’s Santa Drop to benefit Rowan Helping Ministries

Once again, Santa Claus will return to skydive into the Rowan County Airport. It’s happening on Saturday, Dec 13. Santa counted it as one of his most fun events last year, during a very hectic holiday season. He said, “I simply cannot believe how many kids have been good all year in Rowan County and because of that, I am coming back to visit with them. I love to skydive anyway, and everyone at the airport makes me feel so welcome. I just hope Dusty will save me some cookies this time.”

There is free admission to everyone who can stop by on Saturday morning. The airport staff will collect non-perishable food items and try to fill a Rowan Helping Ministries enclosed trailer. Any donation is appreciated. Monetary donations will be accepted as well.

Gates will open at 9 a.m., at 3670 Airport Loop Road. Plenty of parking is available, and Santa’s skydive can be easily seen by everyone in attendance. In case of bad weather, Santa will arrive by plane. Santa commented, “I know that on Christmas Eve, I will be flying in all kinds of weather. There’s no reason to take a chance on catching a cold in bad weather, but we probably won’t have to worry about that. Airport Manager Thad Howell has promised to make every effort for us to have decent weather.

“I can’t wait to see everyone again,” continued Santa.  “What better time for the kids to update their wish list! My elves are now computerized and still have plenty of time for us to get the sleigh loaded with the right things.”

Howell wants everyone to remember that Rowan Helping Ministries needs assistance during the holiday season as well as year round. “Having Santa return again this year will make for a magical day!” said Howell. “It will be even more magical if we can fill that trailer for Rowan Helping Ministries.”

Santa will drop into the airport at 10 a.m. and will then stay to visit with all the kids, in a nearby hanger, until noon. Crafts, games, food and other festivities will be part of the special morning. Howell reminds parents to bring their cameras. For more information call 704-216-7749.

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