West Valley HS to send kids to the North Pole | Community Spirit
West Valley's DECA Chapter is working on a community service project titled “Help Us Light Our Star” to raise awareness and funds for Spokane Fantasy Flight.
For 14 years, Spokane Fantasy Flight, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, has provided underprivileged children in Spokane, a North Pole experience to meet Santa Claus.
Four years ago, Spokane Fantasy Flight added to the experience by partnering with Alaska Airlines, which took the experience to the skies with a live flight. The goal is to give children who have challenged lives the chance to dream and believe during the holiday season.
Through several social service organizations, 60 underprivileged children between the ages of 4 and 10 are selected to participate in the trip. They receive personalized invitations from Santa Claus, asking them to come visit him at the North Pole before Christmas. For these children, this is a true dream come true.
A broken home doesn’t begin to describe what many of these children come from; more often it is a shattered home, with enough challenge and heartbreak already under their belt to make life unbearable. This trip is a welcome respite.
On the day of Fantasy Flight, more than 230 elves and members of an elite team called Santa’s Guards, mingle with business and holiday travelers alike at Spokane International Airport, awaiting the childrens' arrival. Each child is assigned an elf escort who is with them all day. Before boarding their flight each child receives a back pack filled with schools supplies, new pajamas, hats and gloves; gifts they wouldn’t normally receive in day-to-day life. Because they don’t always have a place to live, many of these children have never had something to call their own and many of them are hesitant to entertain the idea that Santa will visit them. Once at the North Pole, children and their escort elves participate in many activities such as cookie decorating, craft tables, the cocoa café, and petting Santa’s reindeer!! Best of all, each child is taken individually in to an antechamber of Santa’s sleigh room where they look in “The Book” to find their name. With their “Nice” clearance, children are given their top gift request and for some it is their only holiday celebration and the only gift they receive during the year. Though they soon bid their escort elves farewell and prepare for the trip home, they leave with so much more than gifts; they leave with a revived sense of wonder, hope, and belief. In a world where disappointment and heartache are more often their companions, they were given a priceless gift that will impact not just their holiday season, but also every day of their lives…and that is the greatest gift of all.
You can help by donating to WVHS DECA for Spokane Fantasy Flight 501©3 nonprofit by sending checks or money orders to:
8301 E Buckeye
Spokane, WA 99212
Donations will be presented at WVHS Winter Break Assembly on December 19th.