- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - About 200 pilots have signed on to deliver some good cheer across Michigan.

The Detroit News reports (http://detne.ws/1XK0quF ) the pilots set off Saturday from Waterford Township’s Oakland County International Airport to roughly two dozen airports. They were delivering more than 16,000 gifts to about 5,400 children as part of Operation Good Cheer through the flights and also ground distribution.

The 44-year-old effort is sponsored by Child and Family Services of Michigan Inc. The volunteer project delivers gifts to foster care children who have suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Pilots Ron and Nancy Walters have participated for about 15 years. Ron Walters says making a special delivery in their Beechcraft Bonanza “gives us a chance to help some kids that probably don’t have a lot of great days in their life.”

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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