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Santa's Elves arriving at Billy Bishop Airport for 'Operation HOHOHO' SickKids


400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Gives Santa's Elves a Lift to SickKids on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 for Annual "Operation HOHOHO" Gift/Toy Donation

TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Instead of coming down the chimney this year, 'Santa's Elves' will be flying into Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with gifts for the Hospital of Sick Children (SickKids).

Due to rooftop maintenance at SickKids Hospital, Toronto Port Authority with thanks to Porter Airlines for their assistance supported SickKids by opening their doors to allow safe landing and passage for 'Santa's Elves'. The Tactical Helicopter Squadron (THS) gave 'Santa's Elves' a lift to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport via two CH 146 Griffon helicopters doing a flyby at 11.35am. The 'Elves' arriving by helicopter are then transferring gifts/toys to Military Escorted Vehicles, taking the BBTCA airport ferry for the delivery  to the SickKids.

SickKids' annual Operation HOHOHO delivers gifts to patients and their families. The 'Elves', along with Canadian Forces personnel, will be delivering toys, books and other donated items received from communities in the Simcoe region and Greater Toronto Area. Joining them are children's book author Evelyn ten Hagen, illustrator Michelle Hutchison and award winning Canadian family entertainer Marcus.

About the Toronto Port Authority (www.torontoport.com)

The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Port of Toronto (Terminals 51 and 52), and Toronto's Outer Harbour Marina. In addition to moving more than two million passengers through the airport in 2012, the Port Authority provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port, and owns and operates Toronto's largest freshwater marina. The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June 8, 1999 as a government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act as the successor to the Toronto Harbour Commissioners.

SOURCE: Toronto Port Authority



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Irene Quarcoo
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E-mail: communications@torontoport.com