CHICAGO -- The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw arrives at the Navy Pier carrying more than 1,200 Christmas trees destined for deserving Chicago families, Dec. 3, 2010. The trees will be offloaded by volunteers from groups including the Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts and Young Marines before being distributed to familes selected by the Ada S. Mckinley Community Services organization. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener.

The Christmas Ship Brings Christmas Trees to Chicago’s Neediest Families

Nothing says Christmas like a Christmas tree. Real or fake, there’s something about having bright lights on the tree branches that brings joy to a room. But for some, there’s just not enough money to enjoy something that people generally take for granted. Fortunately charities like Chicago’s Christmas Ship help bring trees to the city’s… Read More

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Here’s an Easy Way You Can Be Santa Claus to Needy Children

Every year, thousands of children write to Santa Claus, mailing their missives through the U.S. Postal Service. The letters don’t, however, reach the jolly old man. Typically, local post office employees — resources allowing — gather them together and respond to the children in Santa’s name. Operation Santa, as it’s called, has been around since… Read More

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The Holiday Project Wants Everyone to Have Visitors This Holiday Season

On Christmas Day in 1972, eight San Francisco residents decided to visit a local hospital for the elderly. They had lunch with the residents, talked, laughed. And then they decided to do something they hadn’t initially planned — come back the next year with more people. From that first meeting, the idea of groups of… Read More

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How Much Do You Really Know About Toys for Tots?

Chances are high that you’ve heard of the amazing charity, Toys for Tots. Celebrities have endorsed it, professional athletes have rallied behind it and first ladies have championed it. But how much do you really know about this charity? For instance, did you know Toys for Tots was founded by and continues to be run… Read More