What can you do with two sticks of gum and a good heart?
You just might be able to change the world.
The story of Gail "Hal" Halvorsen, aka "The Candy Bomber", is a great one that is super fun to share with your kids. If you don't know his story, you are in for a sweet treat!
This is a story that needs to be shared. I love how Hal was just doing his job, when he found a way to go the extra mile and bless countless lives in the process. I think that we can do the same, even though it will look different than the way he did it.
I can't tell his story nearly as well as others have, so here are some video clips that explain what Hal did.
If you only have a few minutes, watch this quick 5 minute retelling of his story.
If you have just a little more time, PLEASE watch this 13 minute film (even though it's not Christmas time) that is a wonderful Christmas musical storytelling of the event with Tom Brokaw and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. (And be sure to get some Kleenex!) This video also gives historical context to help understand the political situation of the time and the need for the Berlin Airlift.
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I gave this fun book, Christmas from Heaven, by Tom Brokaw and Robert T. Barrett, to my nephews for Christmas. It is a picture book retelling of the above video, but also has a DVD of the video included. It has fun illustrations, but also historical photos as well!
Hal personally wrote this book, detailing his experiences. If you want more personal insight to his character and life, this is it! You can also take a look at his website, wigglywings.weebly.com
Finally, if your family wants to make their own candy parachutes, and deliver them to others, here is a quick and easy parachute tutorial!
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