Hundreds of people attend children’s Christmas party for low-income families


PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) – More than 100 families have joined in a long-standing Twin Cities tradition of a Christmas party for low-income families.

The Midwestern Food Bank hosted the party on Saturday with the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and Labor Local # 362.

This year’s festivities were drive-only and over 700 children attended. The volunteers gave the children Christmas presents and lots of candy.

“It’s really heartwarming that we have volunteers to bring groups of volunteers together to build the boxes, and then today to distribute the boxes,” said Charlie Moore, CEO of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. “This is the perfect time for us to give back to the people of Bloomington-Normal. “

This holiday began in 1982, making it the 39th annual celebration. Volunteers say they hope to ease the burden on families for the holidays.

“I hope things will be a little brighter for their family because of this, and it feels good to be able to share for other people to have a much better vacation,” Retired Laborers Local # 362 and former Bloomington City Councilman says Mike Matejka.

Families also received a turkey or ham, as well as a food basket and gift cars, thanks to several other event sponsors.

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