The Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnnell is a true story of hope and kindness. At the end of World War II Berlin was divided and in ruins. The people had little. The Allied Forces were airlifting supplies and food but US Air Force pilot, Gail Halvorsen knew there were children there grateful for food and freedom. He spoke to the children who looked through the airfield fence. They didn’t ask for chocolate or gum, nothing, but Halvorsen wanted to give them hope. He told them the next time he cam back he would bring them chocolate. The children asked how they would know it was him flying over. He told them he would wiggle his wings.
Halvorsen gathered chocolate bars and gum from his buddies at the base, and using handkerchiefs, fashioned parachutes so the candy would float down to the children below. “I had so much fun on my first drop … when I flew over the airport I could see the children…I wiggled my wings and the little group went crazy… I was able to give them a little candy and a little hope, but they were able to fill me us with so much more,” Gail Halvorsen wrote in the prologue of the book.
Read The Candy Bomber to learn about this amazing man and his commitment to humankind. He didn’t stop with just one drop or with just operation. His effort to show kindness to those most in need is inspirational. What can you do to inspire hope in the world? Share your ideas in a comment – no idea is too small. After all The Candy Bomber began with only two sticks of gum.
Click here to learn more about Gail Halverson and Operation Little Vittles.