By now, I’m sure every one is familiar with the story and video below since it occurred more than two weeks ago…and, has over 33 million hits on YouTube. 🙂 However, since today IS Christmas, I decided to post it. It puts a smile on my face and I hope it does the same for you. Merry Christmas!
BY JENNA MCMURRAY ,CALGARY SUN
FIRST POSTED: MONDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2013 10:53 AM MST | UPDATED: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013 10:08 AM MST
The clever Christmas surprise engineered by a Calgary-based airline soared onto social media and into the hearts of many Monday.
WestJet posted its “Christmas Miracle” video on YouTube overnight Sunday and had more than 315,000 views in the first 24 hours.
Plans for the video began in August. With 19 hidden cameras, it detailed the travel of 250 people total on two flights to Calgary — one from Hamilton, the other, Toronto — on Nov. 21.
Guests were greeted by Santa on a screen at the airports — Old St. Nick even addressed them by name.
He asked passengers what they’d like for Christmas. While they rattled off their wish lists, volunteers took notes.
“We were accumulating our list and checking it twice,” said Robert Palmer, manager of public relations. “We didn’t do the naughty or nice thing — that was too much work.”
As the flights took off, WestJet volunteers in Calgary worked with partners CrossIron Mills and Best Buy to gather gifts.
When passengers arrived at YYC, they gathered at the baggage claim waiting for their luggage, but instead …
“What came down were all the presents, exactly what they asked for,” said Palmer.
The 357 gifts ranged from socks and underwear to a snowboard and an Android tablet to a big screen TV.
Some requests weren’t possible — world peace — but WestJet did its best, said Palmer, noting a wish for a husband was met with a Ken doll and the dream for a new car landed one gentleman a toy version.
The airline promised when the video views hit 200,000, it would donate flights to reunite a family over Christmas through Ronald McDonald House. The family has not yet been chosen.
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