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Hundreds attend kids Christmas party for low income families


25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC
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Published: Dec. 11, 2021 at 11:00 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - More than 100 families joined in on a longtime twin cities tradition, a Christmas party for low income families.

The Midwest Food Bank hosted the party Saturday along with the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and Laborers Local #362.

This year’s festivities were drive-through only, and more than 700 kids attended. Volunteers gave kids Christmas gifts and plenty of candy.

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

This party started in 1982, making this the 39th annual celebration. Volunteers say they hope to take the burden off of families for the holidays.

“Hopefully things will be a bit brighter for their family because of this, and it just makes you feel good that you’re able to share to make other people have a much better holiday,” Retired Laborers Local #362 and former Bloomington City Councilman Mike Matejka said.

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

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