On Saturday, December 14th, United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) gathered to volunteer at the annual Kelly Hall YMCA Holiday Party. The holiday party is an exciting time for the Humboldt Park neighborhood, affording area residents an opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a way they would not be able to do without help from the YMCA.
Through United Way, YLS was asked to help make this a memorable experience for the second consecutive year. Morning volunteers prepped for the big day by organizing the large amount of toy donations, as well as clothing for adults and children. Stockings were stuffed with candy and toys, and books organized by age group. Other volunteers set up the dining hall and helped prepare the festive meal which was served in the afternoon. In another room, arts and crafts stations were put together.
After the Morning Prayer service ended, children and their families came into the donation room (which had been visited by a very generous Santa Claus!), and walked around with a helper “Elf” to select their toys, stocking, and clothing items. The children talked excitedly about playing with their new toys as they walked down the line.
United Way helps funds over 20 YMCA Early Childhood Development site programs and works to create structured after-school programs for over 9,000 youth in the city and suburbs. These YMCA programs fall in line with United Way’s Education and Health initiatives. YLS was excited to be a part of another successful holiday event benefiting the Chicago community!
Post submitted on behalf of Heather Cook, Private Bank, YLS Special Event Committee Member