Flying for a good cause


Children at 32 hospitals throughout Minnesota will have gifts this Christmas as a result of Saturday’s Tree of Hope event at Maple Lake Airport.
Volunteers filled 98 bags with 25 toys each for children of each age group.
“We had more bags than ever, but were still short from the requests of the hospitals,” said organizer Elaine Morrow.
Donations may be made year-round through or by contacting Morrow at or 952-913-2356.
“The need seems to be going up,” Morrow said. “Nurses say if we didn’t do this, they would pool their resources, but they don’t have time.”
That’s where the forces behind Tree of Hope – the Minnesota Chapter 99s and Zuhrah Shriner Flyers – come in.
Since 1990, the groups have been hosting Tree of Hope. With donations they receive, they purchase gifts for children who will be in the hospital over Christmas. Every cent collected goes directly toward providing gifts. Volunteers pay for gas to transport the gifts and also pay out-of-pocket for supplies such as batteries for toys, bags, crayons, tape and labels.
More information appears in this week's Messenger