Description: Airline pilots from Delta, UPS, Skywest and United visited both Avera and Sanford Children's Hospitals in Sioux Falls to meet with the kids and spread some Christmas cheer. Paul Dokken (Delta), Lisa Strohchein (UPS), Aaron Svec (Skywest), Casey Delaney (United), and Mark Carolyn (United) donned uniforms and had the chance to spend their day off bringing over $1000 worth of gifts including stuffed animals, toys, games and pilot wings to the kids. Fun was shared by all and of course some flying stories were shared with the kids and their families. The ultimate goal was to bring a smile to the face of the kids but the experience was equally as rewarding for the pilots. Many of these children will be unable spend Christmas at home and the pilots were able to give them a couple gifts to lift their spirits during the holiday season. The Pilots for Kids FSD group have been spreading cheer to kids at Children's hospitals in Sioux Falls since 2012.
Description: Our small group before the 14 June 2017 fun: back row is Steve Taglia (DAL), Hannah Peavy (XJT), Ben Harris (DAL), Ryan Hickman (XJT), and Don Myers (DAL); front row is Matt Person (XJT), Taylor Dixon (hospital volunteer), and Kennedy Youmans (hospital volunteer) **//** William showing off his new Fidget Spinner to Ryan Hickman (XJT) and Ben Harris (DAL).
Description: Approaching our base of operations for the day. **//** Ready to hit the halls! **//** With Joe Basilone and Jake Anderson: Perhaps Makaylah (patient) would prefer the Clifford dog in Joeâ€™s hand? **//** Aaron Boone getting OJT on how to don the protective garb. **//** Fatimatu (patient) knows there are big smiles under Howard Kwonâ€™s and Nick Kaplanâ€™s masks. **//** Erin Moneymaker is an instant friends with Jakari. **//** Bob Brinker putting a smile on VJ (and Mom & Dad, too!) **//** Zak Aman supplying Nick Kaplan with goodies before he enters a room. **//** Just before the last swing through the waiting rooms: First row: Ben Harris, Joe Basilone, Erin Moneymaker, Dieynabou Diallo (hosp.), Emily Grevlich (hosp.), Bill Hutchinson, Dave Biloz. Second row: Chip Pinyan. Third row: Howard Kwon, Nick Kaplan, Zak Aman, Jake Anderson. Fourth row: Mike Gofman, Don Myers, Aaron Boone. **//** Post-visit chow . . . doing what we do best?? **//**
Description: Christmas In July for kids at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls Breaking a bit from tradition, several pilots from FSD decided to bring a little â€œChristmas in Julyâ€ for kids hospitalized at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in July last year (2016) instead of December. Among those pilots volunteering their time were Chris Rossing and Paul Dokken of Delta Air Lines and Casey Delany from United Airlines. Chris Rossingâ€™s daughter Annabelle also lent a hand by helping to hand out toys and games to some of the children and their families at Avera. All-in-all it was a very fun and rewarding day to help bring a smile to kids needing one.
Description: At Called to Care (three photos): The Taylor girls; Tim Crites and Elizabeth; Stephen Watts and Anna. **//** At CCFAPA (two photos): Before the work; then the results, with new friend MaKayla (l) and Hannah Peavy (r)
Description: December 12, 2016 Pilots for Kids visited Children's Health Children's Medical Center in Dallas. PFK had over 27 pilots volunteer to help pass out toys to children at the hospital. The volunteers represented airlines from Southwest, UPS, American, Spirit and Express Jet. PFK had set up all the toys, balloons, pillow pets, and helicopters in the atrium where the patients were able to come down and receive their toys. There was also some crafts going on where the pilots and children got to interact. Great day of laughs and smiles all around. Thank you to our sponsors who make this event better each year: American Airlines, American Airlines Federal Credit Union, Colleen Barrett, Greater Therapy Centers, SmithAnglin Financial, and Southwest Airlines.
Description: As we drew closer to Christmas we had our best turnout ever. We had over 32 pilots and volunteers to join us at Cook Children's Hospital,Fort Worth. The pilot volunteer group consisted of pilots from American Airlines, Southwest Airlines pilots and flight ops, Ameristar Cargo, Delta Airlines, Air Wisconsin, Express Jet, Net Jets, and Corporate Pilots. The visit was great with so many gifts to hand out including, Pillow Pets, Melissa and Doug toys, balloons, remote controlled helicopters and drones, make up for the teenagers and Pappas Brothers gift cards for the NICU parents. We split the pilot group into 5 or 6 groups and paired up with a child life specialist who knows the children. We loaded up with all the goodies on carts and then proceeded to the specific floor for delivery. As we made our way from one room to the next we engaged the kids and gifted them with all that we brought. The smiles and laughter that we saw from these kids is indescribable. Thank you to our sponsors who make this event better each year: American Airlines, American Airlines Federal Credit Union, Colleen Barrett, Greater Therapy Centers, SmithAnglin Financial, and Southwest Airlines
Description: Visit to Phoenix Children Hospital December 15, 2016. Twenty pilots from seven airlines joined us and visited 230 very special kids in the hospital. Pilots included Alison Glaser, Allison Ross, Lynsey Templeton, Jody Muhlitner, Andy Talbert, Nancy McMath, Jerry Johnson, Kenton Meehan, Tim Ellis, Rick Jansma, Lance Trobridge, Casey Clark, Alison Devereaux-Naumann, Jim Naumann, Mike Darnall, Scott Striclin, Michael Brucklier, and Dave Harmon. We brought a stuffed animal for each child and many items for the classrooms and playrooms for the kids to enjoy throughout the year. We are told that "the pilot visit" is one of the most anticipated of the year.
Description: Pilots for Kids had a great visit to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Dallas. We had 22 pilot volunteers from American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Corporate Pilots, and the brown team from UPS. The pilot volunteers passed out pillow pets, remote controlled helicopters, Melissa and Doug toys, and awesome balloons. We loaded up the radio flyer wagons with all the goodies and walked the halls giving the children gifts. There were huge smiles and excitement from the children as we gifted them with great toys. Thank you to our sponsors who make this event better each year: American Airlines, American Airlines Federal Credit Union, Colleen Barrett, Greater Therapy Centers, SmithAnglin Financial, and Southwest Airlines.
Description: Childrens Plano was our first visit this Christmas in 2016 and it started with a bunch of pilot volunteers. We had over 27 volunteers to help pass out toys to the children. Pilots that volunteered were from, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, UPS, Southern Air, Mesa Airlines and Net Jets. We saw over 150 children and gifted them with Pillow Pets, Melissa and Doug toys, coloring books, and remote controlled helicopters. We also had a special guest, a children's book author, Janet Sever Hull, who wrote 'Which Came First". She was authgraphing her book and passing them out to the children. Thank you to our sponsors who make this event better each year: American Airlines, American Airlines Federal Credit Union, Colleen Barrett, Greater Therapy Centers, SmithAnglin Financial, and Southwest Airlines.
Description: Here are a few pictures from our visit to Le Bonheur Childrens Hospital
Description: 139 kids, 15 pilots, three spouses. Not sure who had more fun...
Description: Group about to make lots of smiles: (back row, l-r) Dave Biloz, Ryan Meloney, Brooks Broeckelman, Doug Israelite, Ben Harris, Don Myers, and Matt Person. (front) Ms. Sondra Brooks. **//** Fun in the exam room: Ryan Meloney and Ben Harris with Jayla and Lashaun (and two purple Cleos)
Description: In lobby with the goodies: Steve Charles, Ben Harris, Johnny McGee, Alex Tibbs, and Hannah Peavy **//** Lots of bright, shining faces: Jonathan Roth, Ben Harris, Alex Tibbs, and Steve Charles with little Iliana **//** Steve Charles getting less attention from Asma than the stuffed elephant **//** Alex Tibbs and Don Myers â€œgarbed upâ€ to see a special person **//** Steve Charles, Alex Tibbs, and Ben Harris making Emanuel almost smile **//** At lunch: (left) Ben Harris, Don Myers, Steve Charles, and Hannah Peavy; (right) Camila Tibbs, Alex Tibbs, Jonathan Roth, and Johnny McGee
Description: Robbie Foglesanger, Sean Foley, Chris Goehausen, Rebecca Gowdy, Stacey Winslow
Description: Please join PILOTS FOR KIDS COLUMBUS as we endeavor to raise funds for the Homeless Families Foundation during the Second Annual Golf Outing at Willow Run Golf Course on Sunday Aug. 21. All proceeds will be used to purchase items for area children in need. The tournament registration fee includes a round of golf, cart rental, drink tickets and dinner. Payment and registration is due July 20, 2016. Please send your registration to Kristine Young, email@example.com.
Description: Posed Group: Back row: Dustin Owen (ExpressJet), Rick Charles (Compass), Scott Theumer (Southwest), Greg Badgett (Delta). Front row: Don Myers (Delta), Haley Grimes and De’Ondra Fletcher (Hosp. Volunteers), Brooks Broeckelman (ExpressJet) // Candid: Discussing best techniques for eating in the cockpit!
Description: Just a few weeks before Christmas, a group of pilots from Delta (Chris Rossing, Paul Dokken), SkyWest (Lisa Strohschein) and ExpressJet (Brian Rippe) in Sioux Falls, SD joined forces to bring a little spirit of the holidays to hospitalized kids in town. Armed with over $1500 in toys, games, plush airplanes and more, the uniformed pilots had the great pleasure of surprising and bringing a smile to the faces of several children and their families facing the stress of receiving treatment in search of better health during an otherwise happy time of year. // This was the fourth consecutive year a Pilots For Kids event was held in Sioux Falls (FSD) since 2012 when the local chapter was established. New this year was an event over at Sioux Falls’ other large healthcare facility, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center. In addition to spreading Christmas cheer at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls as has been done annually since 2012, Santa’s pilot helpers were happy to include the kids and their families at Avera this year as well. // Even though pilots and others many times have to be gone during the holidays because of their work schedules, the Sioux Falls pilots involved in this year’s Pilots For Kids events bring to memory’s forefront a quote by the early American writer Mary Ellen Chase who once said, “Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.”
Description: 6 October 2015 visit. Front Row: Hamidah Ali (Hosp. Volunteer), Ryan Meloney (Endeavor), Brooks Broeckelman (ExpressJet), Mike Gofman (Frontier), Jon Roth (ExpressJet), Pam Barber (PSA), Nicole Woods (Hosp. Volunteer). Rear Row: Don Myers (Delta), Johnny McGee (NetJets), Greg Badgett (Delta), Chip Pinyan (Shuttle America), Hannah Peavy (ExpressJet), and Angie Millar (Delta). *** /// *** Mom and daughter, Evelyn, during 6 Oct 2015 visit with Ryan Meloney (ExpressJet) and Pam Barber (PSA). *** /// *** 19 November 2015 visit, before the wagons were depleted. Front Row: Hospital volunteers (and future healthcare workers) Rolla-Marie Wilson and Logan Dean. Rear Row: Doug Israelite (Delta), AJ Pope (Delta), JR Canales (Delta), Kevin Hines (Delta), Don Myers (Delta), Hannah Peavy (ExpressJet), Johnny McGee (NetJets), and Steve Taglia (ExpressJet).
Description: Norfolk PHK members visited children at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters to do arts and crafts, and play games with patients.
Description: - Howard Kwon gets a typical response from Nicklous Clark. - The 20 May attendees: Front: Stephen Watts (Delta), Angie Millar (Delta); Back: Howard Kwon (American), Johnny McGee (NetJets), Steve Taglia (ExpressJet), Brendan Stephen-Fowler (Envoy), Casey Rocke (ExpressJet), Elnova Williams (staff), Don Myers (Delta)
Description: ATL-1-Feb2015: Casey Rocke (EV) helping Steve McDonald (DL) don protective garb ATL-2-Feb2015: Deirdre Manke (DL) with Lexi and her mother ATL-3-Feb2015: ATL February Visit: (top) Johnny McGee (NJ), Steve McDonald (DL), Casey Rocke (EV), Kevin Hindes (DL), AJ Pope (DL), Don Myers (DL), (bottom) Heide (vol.), Angie Millar ((DL), Stephen Watts (DL), Greg Badgett (DL), Deirdre Manke (DL), Nithya (vol.)
Description: On December 23, 2014 we visited Guam Memorial Hospital in Guam.
Description: The Columbus Pilots For Kids Chapter is pleased to partner with the Homeless Families Foundation to serve children in need in central Ohio.
Description: On a cold, clear day in mid-December just a few weeks before Christmas, Delta pilots Chris Rossing and Paul Dokken, in partnership with Pilots for Kids, took time out of their schedules to spread some holiday cheer and visit the “Castle” also known as Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. With over $800 worth of toys in tow, Chris and Paul enjoyed both visiting the kids and distributing gifts that included such items as soft plush Delta planes, Lego kits, games, puzzles, soccer balls and more to current residents of the Castle. Having to spend time in a hospital as a kid is never fun and doing so during the holidays is even worse. But a visit from uniformed pilots handing out presents both impressed and delighted the kids and their parents alike and helped make their day a little brighter.
Description: - Teresa (hospital volunteer), Mike Gofman, kids/parent, Doug Israelite - The group: (top) Chris Perez, Don Myers, Jon Roth; (bottom) Marx Davis, Alex Cardenas, Doug Israelite, Mike Gofman - Traditional post-visit lunch at Sweet Auburn Curb Market
Description: Delta pilots Chris Rossing and Mike Meyers distribute toys to sick kids at Sanford Children's Hospital just in time for the holidays in mid December 2013.