Remember deserving kids with Sun-Times holiday fund this season

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 01:51:43 AM. For their toy requests, Chicago youngsters find inspiration in 'Cars,' 'Ninja Turtles' — and the kitchen.
With so much of the news lately focusing on personal selfishness — in the worlds of entertainment, sports and politics — it seems even more important this year to remember the less fortunate, especially as we enter the Christmas holiday season. One of my favorite things the Sun-Times does is to sponsor the annual “Letters to Santa” program — helping our readers, as well as Sun-Times staff members, to play “messenger” of notes sent by deserving children to that Jolly Old Elf himself up at the North Pole. Last year, “Letters to Santa” served more than 11,000 low-income children in our area with gifts, strongly aided by the contributions to the Empty Stocking Fund. Among the Chicago Public Schools participating this season is Hanson Park Elementary at 5411 W. Fullerton, where I got a peek at letters from a group of kids in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. At Hanson Park, 94 percent of the children live below the poverty line, and many would not receive presents at the holidays except for the generosity of Sun-Times readers. To receive one or more letters — each with a spending limit of $25 to $30 per child — you may go to www.suntimes.com/santa, call us at (312) 321-3114 or email us at elves@suntimes.com. In looking over the letters, it’s obvious Santa has to be in touch with popular culture! At least at Hanson Park, Lightning McQueen from the “Cars” animated film franchise is a big hit. That’s why Kaleb and Jaden have asked Santa for a McQueen speedster, just like...Read more
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