Watertown resident and Delta Airlines Pilot Steve Teager made a special flight recently to spread some holiday joy.
Teager, who is a longtime volunteer at the Watertown Food Pantry, flew to the “North Pole” in Detroit to “bring joy to some very special kids and let them ‘just be kids’ for an afternoon!” shared Watertown Food Pantry Coordinator Kathy Cunningham.
He was selected to be the Captain by Silverliners International, a charitable organization founded by retired Eastern Airlines flight attendants.
“We can think of no one more worthy of this honor! We are honored to have Steve as a valued team member, and so proud of him!” Cunningham wrote.
The kids on the flight have cancer. When they arrived at the North Pole, they enjoyed a party with music, gifts and fun with Santa at a hotel in the Detroit Metro Airport. Teager said being the pilot for the special flight was an honor when he spoke to a Detroit Fox Channel 2.
“It was wonderful,” he said. “It was one of the most rewarding flights I’ve ever had. We put some of them in the cockpit who wanted to see how the airplane was flown, and all the controls. They were glowing, it was wonderful.”
Teager has been a volunteer at the Food Pantry since April 2020, where he is affectionately known as “Fly Boy.”