A holiday tradition continues to grow.
For nearly 20 years, Saint Viator families have worked together to spread
Christmas cheer to families on Chicago’s North Side through the Season of Sharing
This year was no different.
“Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to help those in need,” Betsy
Fons, director of Christian Service and Outreach, said. “The generosity of the Saint
Viator families came through again. We were overwhelmed with the response.”
Season of Sharing ends Wednesday, Dec. 17 when Ms. Fons expects to receive the
last of the gift cards. In the past, gift cards have added up to more than $2,000 worth of
groceries and services.
Once again, Saint Viator students reached out to families served by the Howard
Area Community Center in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. whose mission is to
empower families and individuals.
By its own description, the Community Center’s mission is to empower families
and individuals in one of the most racially, ethnically and economically integrated
communities in Chicago. Its families are often under-employed, underserved medically
and confronted by gang violence, daily.
For those facing those challenges, Saint Viator students and families aimed to
make the holidays a little merrier. In all, they purchased gifts for 249 children from 97
different families, or 20 more families than last year.
Gifts fulfilled wishes from the families, which included winter coats, clothes,
boots and gloves, as well as games and gift cards.
The remaining gift cards will go to people at the Community Center who signed
up for the program at the last minute, or who came to the community center for
emergency help during the holiday season.
“The staff at the HACC was very appreciative of the generosity,” Fons added.
“Thank you for making this a blessed Christmas for so many people in need.”