The sleigh, a C-130 cargo plane, was bringing $50,000 worth of toys to be delivered to the families affected by Hurricane Sandy, an estimated 10,000 children are part of the overall operation.
“Many companies can make in-kind donations like computers or toys,” said Emily Simone, director of Lockheed’s global community outreach. “We can’t donate a jet or cargo plane. So the partnership with Blue Angels is perfect.”
So while some of these kids are hoping for games or a bike under the Christmas tree - Lockheed an other high-tech companies are hoping Santa fills their stockings with engineers. Lockheed, Siemens and Raytheon invest in youth programs that focus on math, science and technology because they depend so heavily on engineers for their programs. Lockheed spends 20 percent of its annual $25 million philanthropy budget on community projects, 30 percent on supporting the military and 50 percent on STEM education.