Video Of The Week - WestJet's Christmas 'Miracles' Continue
WestJet Airlines began the tradition of delighting unsuspecting passengers with well-deserved Christmas cheer in 2012 when they surprised weary travelers with free iPods. In 2013, the Canadian Airline granted the Christmas wishes of passengers on two late-night flights. The following year, the company upped the ante with Christmas deliveries to an impoverished community in the Dominican Republic. For 2015, the Airline's management went a step further by challenging each of its 12,000 employees to perform at least one Christmas 'miracle' within a stipulated 24-hour period.
On December 9, workers from the Airline's 90 destinations across North America set out to meet the challenge. Wearing WestJet's signature blue Santa hats and in come cases even complete suits, they took time out of their busy schedules to perform one or more good deeds for deserving members of their respective communities.
The mini 'miracles' ranged from trimming a yard to paying the restaurant tab for a fellow diner, buying food for the hungry, and even treating a deserving family to a trip to Disney World. Some lucky audience members of the Ellen Degeneres show received two round-trip tickets to Vancouver from WestJet's generous management. By the end of the day, the employees had performed an astounding 32,000 mini-miracles, far exceeding the original goal. As the company says, miracles do happen when we all work as one!
Resources: airwaysnews.com, vancitybuzz.com
Reading Comprehension (3 questions)
- What has WestJet Airlines been doing for its customers since 2012?
- What did they challenge their employees to do for 2015?
Critical Thinking Challenge
How does this annual Christmas tradition benefit WestJet Airlines?