Operation Good Cheer
On December 3, 2022 Members of Michigan Wing volunteered at Operation Good once again. Thanks to the coordination work of 1st Lt. Michael Freeman, CAP members had the privilege of serving in the project by loading trucks, vans, and planes with gifts going to foster families across the state.
Although bad weather prohibited most planes (including all CAP planes) from flying that day, it was still a great experience and a full-days’ work.
Operation Good Cheer, organized by Child and Family Services hosts a toy drive at the beginning of each December. Individual volunteers, as well as groups from companies worked Friday evening packing and wrapping, then loading on to vans and planes on Saturday. Volunteers from various organizations across the state also helped with distributing the gifts to various recipients once the planes and trucks arrived.
Photos and video can be found at https://photos.cap.gov/Great-Lakes-Region/Michigan-Wing/Operations/Operation-Good-Cheer/2022/
Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and more than 2,100 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 56,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to more than 23,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.