A group of kids boarded a special flight from Sea-Tac to the North Pole on Tuesday - off to meet Santa Claus.

The children are from Providence Hospice of Seattle and the Safe Crossings Program, which helps kids dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Some of the children have lost parents and the event was a chance for them to have some fun during the holidays.

I just think it is nice that people remember the kids that have lost a parent because this is a hard time of the year for them, said mother Tiffiny Fisher.

Fisher and her three kids boarded Flight 1225 to the North Pole Tuesday night. She said her husband passed away several years ago.

I m happy for the kids. They need that cheer in their life, said grandmother Maxine Simpson.

The aircraft pulled away from the gate and taxied to a nearby hangar, which was decorated to look like the North Pole. Santa Claus handed out gifts to the children.

Delta Air Lines sponsored the Santa Express Flight. Seattle based employees volunteered their time to put on the event. Close to 85 kids participated, according to a Delta spokesperson.

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