After a record-setting year for air travel, the team at Pensacola International Airport, City Hall, and the Airport Hyatt Hotel are working together to give back to the community this holiday season.
Employees at all three organizations teamed up to help several Pensacola area children in need by purchasing Christmas gifts through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Between the three organizations, 27 children and their families have been supported.
The Angel Tree campaign is a way to give back to the Pensacola community and to help area families who otherwise would have struggled or been unable to provide gifts to their children this holiday season.
“With a global pandemic, Hurricane Sally, and the damage to the Pensacola Bay Bridge, the past year has been a real challenge for everyone, including the airport,” Airport Director Matt Coughlin said. “While much of our economy is back, including air travel and tourism, there are still many families in our community who need help.”
“We’re glad to be able to give back to these local families and hopefully make their holiday season brighter,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. I’m grateful for the partnerships between our airport, City Hall, the Airport Hyatt and everyone with the Angel Tree campaign who worked together to make this initiative possible.”
The Airport and Hyatt Place have collaborated on projects before, and the Angel Tree effort is just an extension of that relationship.
“We’ve always enjoyed a great working relationship with the airport staff, often coordinating with them on special events, community programs, and of course, parking,” said Nikki Williams, Director of Sales. “This Angel Tree effort is another way for us to partner with the airport and the city to brighten up the holidays for some special families in our area.”
Through the Angel Tree program, the Salvation Army helps put new clothes and toys under the tree for 1 million children across the United States who usually have to go without Christmas gifts.
To learn more about the program, visit the Salvation Army's website.