Santa Claus is coming tomorrow for a local three-year-old. Thanks to Russell County Sheriff-Elect Heath Taylor, Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell, Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr, Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley, Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren, Metro Columbus Narcotics Task Force Agent-in-Charge Lt. Charlie Kennedy and Columbus City Counselor-Elect Judy Thomas, three-year-old John Henry Clark is going to check something off his bucket list.
Melissa Clark, John Henry’s mom, sent me an email this morning in response to my last blog post. She said John Henry’s favorite part of Saturday’s Reindeer Run was the helicopter that brought Santa Claus to the party. She said he kept saying, “Me, Me, Me!” He wanted to fly. John Henry is a Down Syndrome child. His mom says he works hard for the things he accomplishes. I made a couple of phone calls and some really great people have said “yes” to a little boy’s Christmas wish.
Pray for no rain tomorrow. If the rain holds off, John Henry Clark will get his wish and take a ride on the Metro Columbus Narcotics Task Force whirlybird. No public funds will be spent for this ride. The Task Force is funded by drug seizure money and drug proceeds confiscated in Harris, Muscogee and Russell Counties. Sheriff Mike Jolley, Sheriff John Darr, Sheriff Tommy Boswell, Chief Ray Smith and Chief Ricky Boren oversee the Metro Narcotics Task Force.
Tomorrow morning, sometime around 10:30 a.m., John Henry and one of his parents will lift off from the Columbus Metropolitan Airport. Keep reading this blog for the rest of this wonderful Christmas story.