Over 300 children and parents attended the annual Christmas Party for needy kids at Palatine High School on Tuesday evening, December 17. The Palatine Jaycees and the Palatine Kiwanis Club, along with the Builders Service Club of Sundling Junior High School, a Palatine Kiwanis supported club, were sponsors of the event.
The participants were pre-registered through the Palatine Home and Aid Day Care program, the Palatine Opportunity Center and other community children’s service groups. Each child received a gift that he or she had requested when registering. The gifts were donated by the Jaycees and Kiwanis members their friends, and employees of the Village of Palatine. Kiwanis member Jim Parker appeared as Santa Claus in the traditional costume aided by Maureen Cahill, also a Kiwanis member, while Jaycees provided each child with a picture on Santa’s lap. Sundling students acted as Santa’s elves to make sure each child got the present he or she wanted. Pizza from the Jaycees and ice cream and cake and juice drinks provided by Kiwanis added to the party atmosphere. Games and crafts supervised by Jaycees and Sundling students were part of the fun for those waiting to see Santa. 150 individually-wrapped and personalized presents were distributed.
Organizers of the event this year are Bruce Blanck from Kiwanis and Chrissy Trilling-Raices from the Jaycees. Nancy Biancalana of Sundling Junior High School organized the student helpers.