WestJet spreads holiday cheer in Yellowknife, across Canada

Santa Claus, dressed in blue, holds a puppy at the NWT SPCA.
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Christmas came early for a number of Yellowknife organizations Wednesday, thanks to a Canadian airliner.

WestJet set out to perform 12,000 mini miracles over the course of the day in cities and airports across the country.

Led by Santa Claus himself, employees performed random acts of kindness throughout the WestJet world.

Saint Nicholas started his day in London, England, travelling all the way to Hawaii by day’s end.

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Here in Canada, his day started in Halifax at 5am. He then travelled to Toronto, Calgary and Yellowknife before finishing in Vancouver.

Although his trip to the NWT capital was short, Santa was able to spread a little Christmas joy to one of the city’s non-profits.

Accompanied by a handful of WestJet employees, he surprised the NWT SPCA by delivering dog food, kitty litter and cleaning products among other items.

“This is awesome,” said Nicole Spencer, president of the NWT SPCA. “It just shows the spirit of the company and this group of people.”

“They’ve dropped off some bleach, dog food, poop bags and everything. This will all go a really long way, it’s really appreciated.”

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Even though his day started 12 hours earlier on the other side of the country, the big fella was all smiles in Yellowknife, where he credited northerners for providing him with the warmest welcome.

He spoke to Moose FM about why he chose the SPCA.

“I got to see those lovely puppies, who were beautiful and as I understand are looking for homes.

“As part of WestJet’s 12,000 mini miracles, we asked our airports what charities they wanted to support and that was the charity that our base of WestJet employees here in Yellowknife wanted to support.”

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Meanwhile, local WestJet employees were just as busy as Santa Claus Wednesday.

Ahead of an early morning departure, employees distributed homemade cookies and coffee to passengers thanks to Javaroma.

The group then helped Tim Horton’s staff run their drive-thru, handing out complimentary hot beverages and breakfast before heading to Stanton Territorial Hospital.

At the hospital, employees filled hampers with toys to donate to kids in the pediatric unit.

Visits to Avens, Larga Kitikmeot and Safe Harbour followed, where WestJet employees handed out gifts and socialized with residents.

The group of employees then delivered 33 Christmas meals for families at Rockhill, before making their final stop at the NWT SPCA.

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