The tradition of CPD holidays in the 18th arrondissement crosses the pandemic

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7-Jan-22 ?? It was Christmas as usual for over 100 Chicago kids who might not have had a big holiday party otherwise.

For the 31st year in a row, underprivileged children, selected by community volunteers and school officials, were treated to gifts and food donated by a long list of generous people and organizations during the event. ‘an annual event organized by the civic leader. Kathy posner with the help of the Chicago Police Department.

From 1990 to 2019, Dick ?? s Last Resort hosted the event, complete with buffet, singers, and activities. Over the past two years, the event has been reduced, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The December 18 party was held in a parking lot decorated with giant reindeer and penguins at CPD’s 18th District headquarters in River North.

?? When I created this event 31 years ago, I never imagined that Christmas 2021 would be like this, ?? Posner said. ?? But realizing that kids needed gifts more than ever this year, I knew we had to keep the tradition going. ??

Arriving by bus from schools and churches in the area, the children received toys and other gifts directly from Santa Claus (left). They could also choose coats, hats, gloves and scarves.

Each family received a turkey donated by Reverend Roderick Williams of the Chicago Apostolic Center. Other gifts were given by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian hopkins, 17th alderman of the parish Walter burnett, Cook County Commissioner Bridget degnen, State Senator Sara feignenholtz, and representatives of the State Lakesia collins and Marguerite Croke.

Posner says that in the 31 years since the event began, more than $ 300,000 has been spent on gifts and food that have been provided to more than 3,000 children.

Photos of Wendy B. Hauser

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