Santa to travel in Boeing 737 to deliver gifts and good deeds across
Canada in 20-hour period
CALGARY, Dec. 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Santa will pull out his blue coat, pants
and hat to help his WestJet elves reach their goal of performing 12,000
mini miracles across Canada and the WestJet world on Wednesday,
December 9, as part of WestJet's Mini-Miracle Day.
"WestJet's goal is to officially kick off the holiday season by
performing 12,000 random acts of kindness in an effort to enrich the
lives of everyone in the WestJet world," said Richard Bartrem, WestJet
Vice-President, Marketing and Communications. "Everyone deserves the
opportunity to be on the receiving end of a mini miracle."
In an effort to give his reindeer a rest before Christmas Day, Santa
will hop on a WestJet Boeing 737 and travel across Canada over a
20-hour period. Starting in Halifax, the "Big Man" will join his
WestJet elves on the streets to deliver mini miracles across the
country. Santa's memorable day will include a trip up the CN Tower in
Toronto, a caroling parade on Stephen Avenue in Calgary, a dogsled ride
to Beck's Kennel in Yellowknife, and a trip to Ronald McDonald House in
In addition to Santa providing toys, flight vouchers and family trips,
street teams comprised of WestJetters will be active in 13 cities
around the WestJet world - London, UK, St. John's, Nfld., Quebec City,
Toronto, New York City, Orlando, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Winnipeg,
Regina, Calgary, Las Vegas, Vancouver, and Hawaii - where they will
perform a wide range of spontaneous mini miracles in the community.
Mini miracles will range from giving away free hot beverages to
shoveling sidewalks, helping the elderly with groceries, purchasing
tickets to community attractions, paying parking fees, handing out
umbrellas and blankets, and providing meals to charitable groups, to
name just a few.
WestJetters will also be performing mini miracles in all 38 airports
served by the airline across Canada at 10 a.m. local time in each city.
"This is the fourth year of WestJet's Christmas Miracle campaign, which
has become the most anticipated day of the year for many of our
WestJetters," said Bartrem. "Having the opportunity to put smiles on
people's faces while doing good deeds in communities around the WestJet
world defines who we are as a company, and is a reflection of our
caring corporate culture. It's a testament to how we treat our guests
who fly with us."
A command centre will be set up at WestJet's headquarters in Calgary to
track Santa's travels across the country and monitor completed miracles
around the WestJet world. It will have a Santa tracker, showcase photos
and videos of reported miracles, reports from Santa during his flight
path, and a timer and miracle counter. The command centre will be fully
operational for 24 hours starting at midnight (MST) on December 9.
Canadians are encouraged to perform their own mini miracles that day and
post them to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WestJetChristmas.
Media note: Separate advisories will be sent today to media in eight
Canadian provinces and/or regions where WestJet street teams will be
performing mini miracles. Media are invited to cover these events.
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