Santa and Mrs. Claus have a lot of work to do leading up to the big night on Dec. 24. However, they were able to take time out of their busy schedules to drop by the Cicero Community Center on Dec. 5 for the 9th Annual Holiday Party.
Children, excitedly waiting with their parents, lined up around the hallways of the Community Center as they waited for Kris Kringle and his wife. While there, kids had their photo taken with the two and then received a special gift from Cicero Town President Larry Dominick. Afterwards, they were able to color and decorate stockings, listen to a holiday story and more, all sponsored by Dominick and the Cicero Youth Commission.
“It is great to see so many kids come out, meet Santa and receive a little gift to keep them warm during the winter,” Dominick said as he was handing out hats and gloves to the children.
“We see so many families trying to make ends meet throughout the year, and Christmas can make it even more stressful,” said CYC Executive Director Wayne Porod. “That is why we make sure to keep the doors open for everyone to get a chance to have a little something to make the holiday more enjoyable for these kids.
Porod also thanked the staff at the Community Center for helping set up the space and managing the large crowds of children hoping to get a chance to meet Santa.