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News Article / December 7, 2015

From RCAF Public Affairs

Operation Ho Ho Ho took flight from Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, on December 2, 2015, headed for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Santa’s elves, who, rumour has it, might be members of 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron on other days of the year, loaded up one of the squadron’s CH-146 Griffon helicopters with toys, books and other gifts for the children at the hospital. The gifts were donated by residents of the Greater Toronto and Simcoe County areas. The elves then flew by helicopter to the hospital where they delivered the gifts and spent time with the children – doing crafts, playing games and spreading some Christmas cheer.

“I had so much fun,” tweeted Jess, a patient at the hospital. “Made my day so much better. XOXO.”

This was the 12th year for Operation Ho Ho Ho. 400 Squadron is located at Borden, but reports to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 1 Wing, which is headquartered in Kingston, Ontario.

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