Several years ago, Roy Foster, president of the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, was flipping through the radio stations in his car while driving through Philadelphia and landed on a program that peaked his interest.
People were saying how they haven’t seen family for years because they couldn’t afford to travel. While I was listening, one lady said she hasn’t seen her mom in eight years….I started doing the math on buying a plane ticket.
Foster took an idea back to the labor council to put together a “Fly Home for the Holidays” giveaway. The labor council donates money for two round-trip plane tickets, as well as a $500 gift certificate for a shopping spree for families that haven’t seen each other in years. This is the ninth straight year of this promotion.
Two finalists will be chosen by Dec. 17, with the help of the local rock radio station, 100.7 WZXL, that helps promote the giveaway, collects the stories and partners with the labor council.
Every hour, on the hour, Foster gets on 100.7 and lets listeners know about "Fly Home for the Holidays." Foster says laborers, electrical workers and union members working in the casinos in Atlantic City have reacted very positively to the program. This year, because of Hurricane Sandy, "Fly Home for the Holidays" is offering plane tickets out of New Jersey, since many here are still dealing with the aftermath of the Hurricane and destroyed homes.
"I'm very proud to be a part of it," says Foster. "When you hear how happy the winners are, you can't be upset."
If you're in the Cape May/Atlantic City area and want to enter, fill out a form here.
Find resources on Hurricane Sandy from the New Jersey State AFL-CIO.