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American Aero FTW Hosts Annual Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

Fort Worth Meacham International Airport employees, tenants, and clients help make the holidays brighter for area children

FORT WORTH, Texas (December 8, 2016) – More than 200 toys and 75 bicycles were collected at the fourth annual holiday luncheon and toy drive hosted by American Aero FTW, a private aviation terminal at Meacham International Airport. The event benefits the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. American Aero FTW employees, airport tenants, and clients as well as area firefighters and police officers attended the festivities and brought donations.

Each year, Toys for Tots requests new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children.

“This is an extraordinary event that will benefit hundreds of area children,” said Cpl. Edward Dimas, representing the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. “The holiday season just got a little bit brighter thanks to the generosity of the aviation community at Meacham.”

“Celebrating the holidays with our airport neighbors and friends by giving back to our local community has become a very special tradition for us,” said Riggs Brown, American Aero FTW general manager. “The Toys for Tots program benefits about 150,000 children throughout Tarrant and surrounding North Texas counties, and we are proud to contribute to their efforts.”

The luncheon took place in a hangar at Meacham, which is currently undergoing major renovations. The airport’s new terminal building is scheduled to open on January 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by city officials and local dignitaries. American Aero FTW will be the primary tenant in the new, 75,000-square-foot facility. The FBO has also added three new hangars, for a total of 280,000 square feet of hangar space.

Crew members of American Aero FTW, a private aviation terminal at Fort Worth’s Meacham International Airport, present hundreds of gifts for area children to Cpl. Edward Dimas, representing the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Visit Toys for Tots Online.

About American Aero FTW  

American Aero FTW is a private aviation terminal located at Meacham International Airport (KFTW) in Fort Worth, Texas. The fixed-base operator (FBO) is focused on the refueling, ground handling, servicing, and storing of business and private aviation aircraft and provides extensive crew and passenger amenities. In 2015, American Aero FTW became the first FBO in the Western Hemisphere to achieve the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC); it was one of the first in the world to earn Stage 2 registration in 2017 and became first in the world to be awarded Stage 3 registration in 2018. American Aero FTW offers 280,000 square feet of leasable hangar and office space and is the primary tenant and only FBO in the airport’s main administration building. In April 2020, American Aero FTW ranked the #1 FBO in world in the annual Aviation International News (AIN) reader survey. AIN conducts the industry’s only annual independent, online evaluation of FBOs, which includes more than 4,500 operators worldwide. More information can be found at

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