Many of us take for granted the festive celebrations of Christmas—the decadent meals, quality time with family, and loads of presents. In the middle of the holiday hustle, we just can’t forget that not all children get to experience the magic of Christmas. Last Saturday was a reminder of that. A really good reminder.
It was a special day for us at Chiro One because we were able to put our company’s mission into action and take a stand for the well-being of our community. For the fourth year in a row, Chiro One had the honor of being the largest donor to the Dreams for Kids “Holiday for Hope” event at Broadway Armory Park in Chicago.
This amazing event, in its 24th year, treated more than 1500 kids to a day of music, delicious food, face painting, arts and crafts, games and, best of all, Christmas presents! In all, our offices’ staff and patients donated over $50,000 worth of toys and gift cards to make this a celebration to remember.
Those of us who attended will never forget the joy in the eyes of the kids when Santa walked into the hall. He was really there! A crowd of little ones rushed up and group-hugged him, nearly knocking him off his feet.
Dreams for Kids Founder and President, Tom Tuohy reminded us that we were there as a community to serve these families. He told the story of the first Holiday for Hope event at Clara’s House Shelter and shared a moment with its founder, Clara Kirk. While it’s sad to think that this was the only Christmas celebration the kids will have, our dozens of volunteers were happy to help make the merriment possible. We were up to Tom’s challenge to “make a connection with everyone you meet”.
Once again, Secretary of State, Jessie White brought kids from his organizations. New Dreams for Kids Board Members, Reggie Smith of the NFL Players Association-Chicago and former Dallas Maverick, Sam Hill were also there to lend a hand in making sure the kids had fun.
As the children were leaving with books and bags of gifts—transformed into smiling butterflies, lions and various superheroes through the magic of face paint—we knew we had been a part of something so much bigger than any one of us. Most importantly, we helped give a very special group of children hope for another year.