Santa arrives in Summit Hill by helicopter
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Two-year-old Adrian Wentz of Summit Hill, held by his stepfather, Stephen Becker, doesn't seem too impressed by Santa during his arrival at the Ginder Field in Summit Hill. Santa arrived by helicopter and Becker, a member of the Summit Hill Fire Department, assisted with safely landing the chopper.
Two things associated with Christmas - Santa and snow - arrived in Summit Hill on Saturday.
Santa came via the PennStar helicopter and as he arrived, a steady snow began falling - almost as if he brought the flakes with him.
The chopper landed at the Ginder Field where Santa exited and was greeted by about 50 youngsters and some parents. He got hugs from many of the children, then attended a breakfast with Santa that was provided by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission.
The program was sponsored by the Recreation Commission. Also assisting were the Lehighton Ambulance Association members and the Summit Hill Fire Department.
The breakfast was free for children, complements of the Rec Commission.
The PennStar crew surprised Santa with a gift. It gave Santa a toy helicopter with the PennStar label. The toy was given to the Ambulance Association to be included in the annual Toys for Tots donation that the association contributes each year.
Toys for Tots is sponsored by the Marine Corps League.
Santa had to rely on the ambulance crew to get him home since the steady snow forced the helicopter crew to make an early departure. However, the youngsters who greeted Santa did get a chance to examine the air ambulance before it took off.
Suzanne Milkowich, president of the Recreation Commission, said she was pleased with the turnout of youngsters for the event. She said the snow helped to accentuate the Christmas spirit.