Terminally ill Suncoast kids meet Santa for the 32nd annual Flight to the North Pole

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Christmas is coming early for some Suncoast kids. 

The 32nd annual Flight to the North Pole Program at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport kicked off Thursday morning.

The program is helping kids who are terminally ill get the chance to meet Santa up close and personal.

Those kids will also get an inside look of Santa's workshop where they'll sit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and tell all of what's on their wish list.

After the several wish list are given to Santa, kids participating get to walk away with gifts from Mr. Claus. 

Flight to the North Pole started back in 1985 by a group of Eastern Airline Flight Attendants.

More than 3 decades later the group continues to work hard to put smiles on the faces of terminally ill kids.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Sarasota/Bradenton Airport Fire Department, and several local businesses are helping out Flight to the North Pole. 

In addition to seeing Santa, kids will get to experience entertainment from the Shrine Clowns. 

Home Depot is also providing a wood craft work station for the kids.