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On a journey to solve her own children’s disappointment, Sky Hope Board member, Jo Damato, discovered a way to turn the dilemma of her pilot husband being away for the holidays into a way to help other people. She created “Santa’s Flight Crew” wings that arrive with a special note from Santa explaining that he needs help flying on Christmas and has selected Dad (or other family member) as a very special member of his team.   When she shared the idea with others, she realized that this would be an excellent program for Sky Hope Network. Jo added “I was looking for a way to make sure my kids knew that Daddy being gone on Christmas had special meaning and it’s turned into a wonderful way to help others.”  

The full-size gold plated metal wings can be ordered for $10 per pair at and will arrive in a custom box with a note from Santa. The pins measure 2.5” across and have a quality bar pin backing. Orders must be placed on or before December 7, 2011 and will be shipped the week of December 12, 2011.

Sky Hope Network President Robin Eissler said “When Jo told me about the idea, I thought it was a wonderful way to give back to the aviation community on so many different levels. Aviation is a service industry and so many of the people in our community are needed to work on the holidays. This is a great way to recognize them and it’s the perfect time of year to put some magic into their mission.  We plan to continue this as an annual program and use the funds raised to support our mission of Business Aviation Support in Emergencies.”

Founded in 2010 and based in Georgetown, TX, Sky Hope Network is a group of business aviation professionals dedicated to using their contacts and resources to locate flights for people in need. Sky Hope Network is a 501(c) non-profit. Learn more about Sky Hope here.

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