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David Van Nostrand was performing Samaritan surgery as part of the Trelawny Outreach Project when he was made aware of Wings of Mercy Michigan founded by Mr. Peter VandenBosch, a retired businessman in Holland Michigan in 1991. 

Intrigued by the organization, Dr. Van Nostrand was given the opportunity to fly numerous missions during his mission service in Michigan.  He thoroughly enjoyed the experience and came home to St. Cloud and started the Minnesota Chapter of Wings of Mercy.  It was established and incorporated as a 501(c) 3 organization in January of 1995, flying its first flight in the same month.

Our primary mission is to provide people with access to specialized health care not available in their own home town.  We provide air transportation to residents of the Upper Midwest, primarily North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.   In our 20 th year of operation, we are closing in on our 1100 th mission.

Over 50% of our beneficiaries are children; most are medical patients receiving follow-up care for cancer, orthopedic surgery, and rare diseases. All of our beneficiaries have medical insurance. Quite often they are not able to be transported via van, bus, or train due to pain, body casts, paralysis etc. Commercial air flight may compromise the patients due to complications with exposure to fellow passengers.  They or their caregiver may have already missed so much work due to the illness that  more time off for  longer trips jeopardizes job security, access to medical insurance and their standard of living. 

David Van Nostrand passed away November 27, 2014.  It is an honor to carry on the mission he created.  We will continue to honor Doc’s  legacy to share the love of flying with his sense of giving back to the community.


Contributions or gifts to the Wings of Mercy organization are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Wings of Mercy, Minnesota, Inc. was established and incorporated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization in January of 1995. 
We can accept any amount over $10 through a safe and secure online donation. JustGive.org is a web-based charitable giving tool that ensures your privacy. Their secure server protects your financial information and safely transfers your credit card donation. Your name and other information will never be sold, traded, or given over to any other group. Click here to donate to Wings of Mercy through JustGive.org.

Wings of Mercy, Minnesota, Inc. was established and incorporated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization in January of 1995. Help contribute to our efforts and be a part of the lives of those in need. Donate and you can make a difference today.



Wings of Mercy | PO Box 1921 | Maple Grove, MN 55311
WingsOfMercyMN.org | 1(800)-986-3729/ 1(800) – 98MERCY / 763-416-4736

Email: wingsmercymn@aol.com