- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - Thirty needy children are flying to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole aboard a private jet in central Florida.

The children and 15 adults took a limo ride to a Melbourne jet center before taking a fictional 30-minute flight to the North Pole. They landed in a hangar that had been turned into a winter wonderland, filled with presents. Santa and Mrs. Clause were also there to greet the children.

Tom Silliman was onboard the flight. His daughter was diagnosed with melanoma nearly two years ago. She’s had many surgeries including one just a few weeks ago.

Wednesday’s Jingle Jet event was hosted by radio personalities Tony Zazza and Cheree Carter and Elite Airways. Florida Today (http://tinyurl.com/hpbslt4 ) reports Zazza started Jingle Jet in 2007 in Dallas. He expanded the charity when he moved to Brevard.

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Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), http://www.floridatoday.com

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