Most Trans States employees are familiar with the table and small rack of airline merchandise that greet you when you enter the headquarters building in St. Louis. However, what many people don’t realize is that the profit made from the merchandise sold goes to support an organization called Operation Liftoff.
Operation Liftoff is a charity that provides air transportation for children with life threatening illnesses when medical treatment is not available in their geographical area and their families cannot afford travel expenses. Operation Liftoff also organizes an annual group trip for teens who are seriously ill. “Unfortunately, some parents don’t have the vacation time to take their child on a trip,” says Operation Liftoff board member Kaye Waggoner. “That’s where we step in.” Teens, who are often in the middle of chemotherapy, are taken straight from the hospital to the trip destination. Precautions are taken should an emergency arise—nurses and EMTs accompany the participants, and the program organizers have all of their medical records. Check out Operation Liftoff’s Facebook page for great photos of this year’s group trip to Branson, MO!
Operation Liftoff is excited to announce that it will soon be transitioning into an actual store location in the lobby of the headquarters building. The next time you pass the Operation Liftoff store on your way to lunch or when you’re in St. Louis for recurrent, take a moment to browse their selection of airline clothing and memorabilia. Treat yourself to a Trans States Airlines t-shirt or an aircraft model, and know that the proceeds will go to a good cause!
To learn more about Operation Liftoff or to purchase airline memorabilia, visit www.operationliftoff.org.