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21st annual ‘Fly For Tots’ collects $1,550 and 187 toys

First Posted: 3:28 pm - December 11th, 2015 Updated: 3:28 pm - December 11th, 2015.

By Larry Stanford - lstanford@civitasmedia.com



Larry Stanford|The Thomaston Times Six-year-old Jenny Beverly took her first flight Saturday with her mom, Niki Sappington, and pilot Jim Vaughn. Jenny said the flight was “awesome.”
Alyssa Hammock and Austin Newman had their photo taken at Fly For Tots in 2013, and returned this year for another flight and another photo.
Addison Dowdy and his friends, Jackson Roddenberry and Jordan Bunn, got a special flight, flying with Addison’s grandfather, Loren Pettis, who thanked his friend, Matt Smith, for allowing the use of his plane.
During a lull in the flights, six of the planes used sit waiting just outside the terminal for pilots and passengers.
Pilot Loren Pettis lifts off from Thomaston-Upson County Airport on his flight with his grandson Addison Dowdy and Addison’s friends.
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The 21st annual ‘Fly For Tots’ Christmas fund raiser held at the Thomaston-Upson County Airport last Saturday was another success, raising $1,550 in donations and collecting 187 toys for the Empty Stocking Fund. Sponsored by the airport and the West Central Georgia Flying Club, the fund raiser offers flights around Thomaston and Upson County in exchange for toys and donations. The pilots donate the use of their time, their planes, and fuel to the event. This year eight pilots flew 66 flights during the fund raiser, taking up some guests for their first plane rides, and others who return every year.

Larry Stanford|The Thomaston Times Six-year-old Jenny Beverly took her first flight Saturday with her mom, Niki Sappington, and pilot Jim Vaughn. Jenny said the flight was “awesome.”
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Fly-1.jpgLarry Stanford|The Thomaston Times Six-year-old Jenny Beverly took her first flight Saturday with her mom, Niki Sappington, and pilot Jim Vaughn. Jenny said the flight was “awesome.”

Alyssa Hammock and Austin Newman had their photo taken at Fly For Tots in 2013, and returned this year for another flight and another photo.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Fly-2.jpgAlyssa Hammock and Austin Newman had their photo taken at Fly For Tots in 2013, and returned this year for another flight and another photo.

Addison Dowdy and his friends, Jackson Roddenberry and Jordan Bunn, got a special flight, flying with Addison’s grandfather, Loren Pettis, who thanked his friend, Matt Smith, for allowing the use of his plane.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Fly-3.jpgAddison Dowdy and his friends, Jackson Roddenberry and Jordan Bunn, got a special flight, flying with Addison’s grandfather, Loren Pettis, who thanked his friend, Matt Smith, for allowing the use of his plane.

During a lull in the flights, six of the planes used sit waiting just outside the terminal for pilots and passengers.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Fly-4.jpgDuring a lull in the flights, six of the planes used sit waiting just outside the terminal for pilots and passengers.

Pilot Loren Pettis lifts off from Thomaston-Upson County Airport on his flight with his grandson Addison Dowdy and Addison’s friends.
http://thomastontimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Fly-5.jpgPilot Loren Pettis lifts off from Thomaston-Upson County Airport on his flight with his grandson Addison Dowdy and Addison’s friends.

By Larry Stanford

lstanford@civitasmedia.com

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