8 Wing and 5 Wing help RCMP spread holiday cheer to the north

A member of the RCMP and Santa Claus shake hands in front of a large military cargo aircraft. The RCMP member gives a thumbs up signal.
“Thumbs up!” Santa, the RCMP and personnel from 436 Transport Squadron worked together to bring toys to 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, on December 10, 2018, as part of the RCMP’s annual “Toys for the North” campaign. PHOTO: Master Corporal Krista Blizzard, GB2018-12-048

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A special Christmas is in store for children living in northern Canada thanks, in part, to personnel at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, and 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.

As in previous years, the wings helped the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) ensure their annual “Toys for the North” initiative went off without a hitch.

Each year, thousands of toys are collected by members of the RCMP and volunteers in hopes of giving children in some of Canada’s most northerly and remote communities a Christmas to remember. A lot of hard work and effort is required to ensure the donated toys make it from Toronto to the children receiving them. Even Santa himself was impressed by the large-scale operation and the collaboration that went into getting the job done when he saw the team in action at 5 Wing.

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