Santa Claus arrives by helicopter to deliver Christmas gifts to children


MENOMONIA Wis. (WEAU) – Santa has been busy this year delivering gifts to children around the world, including the Chippewa Valley.

In Dunn’s County, Santa Claus handed out gifts to children himself and he did it in style.

On Christmas Day, Santa Claus stopped by the Menomonie Police Department on his annual route around the world.

“Wasn’t it so great that he was driving the helicopter and giving up on everyone,” Amanda Eder said.

With the help of some elves, a helicopter and the officers of Menomonie PD, Santa was able to bring smiles, holiday cheer and presents to the children.

“I think it was amazing and it was a great experience,” Eder said. “Both were like I thought Santa was driving a sleigh, not a helicopter.”

Romeo Watermolen was lucky enough to sit on St. Nick’s lap and receive a few goodies including clothes, a skateboard, and a set of LEGO dinosaurs.

“I can build a tyrannosaurus, a triceratops, and a pterodactyl,” Watermolen said.

Bella Raisley also received clothes, a sled and new art supplies.

“I have a kitty sled and a LOL ball and crayons and coloring books and styling stencils,” Raisley said.

Santa Claus said it was amazing to be able to bring holiday cheer to Romeo, Bella and the other children who were there.

“It’s been a phenomenal, phenomenal experience this year to see all the kids having a very merry Christmas and that’s just something that can’t be beat,” Santa Claus said.

Helper Elf Zack Arvold, with Aces Helicopterssays spreading Christmas cheer to children never gets old.

“We just love doing that,” Arvold said. “We’ve been doing this for eight years now, we love giving back to the community and we really want to thank everyone who has donated to this cause. We love to see the children happy and bring the joy of Christmas”

As Santa Claus said, the feeling of making Christmas merry and brighter for children is unbeatable.

“It’s really, it’s all in the world, making sure that, you know, there’s joy in those little minds, especially in a time when times aren’t always the best, and to be able to see them come and smile and laugh and jump, have a great time no matter how cold it is outside,” said Santa. “They’re running around having fun and that’s it.”

All gifts were donated by the community to help Sant give the children an even brighter and happier Christmas weekend.

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