12/24 Cubs spread holiday cheer
The Cubs have done their part to spread holiday cheer in the community and give back to children and families across Chicago. Among their holiday efforts are:
* Cubs Holiday Tree
On Dec. 3, the Cubs and the Ricketts family hosted the first-ever tree lighting ceremony at Wrigley Field. A 30-foot fir is now on display at Clark and Addison. In an effort to promote environmental sustainability, the tree is adorned with energy-efficient lights and has a root ball at the base, so it can be replanted at the end of the holiday season. Several neighborhood groups have donated ornaments and students at Inter-American and Greeley Elementary Schools made baseball-shaped ornaments for the tree.
* The Rink at Wrigley
The tree ceremony was part of The Rink at Wrigley grand opening. This is the third consecutive year for the ice skating rink, which will be open through Feb. 26.
* 23rd District Town Hall Police Station Holiday Party
On Dec. 3, Cubs associates volunteered at a holiday party to provide cheer to some of Chicago’s neediest children at the 23rd District Town Hall Police Station. Santa dropped by for a surprise visit and the children received holiday gifts, as well as hats and mittens and delicious holiday snacks.
* South Side Toy Donation
The Cubs teamed up with Santa to deliver Christmas toys for children on the South Side. Chicago Cubs Charities donated $10,000 to help purchase gifts for hundreds of less fortunate families. Marlon Byrd joined Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and several other elected officials for a toy giveaway at A. Finkl & Sons Steel on Dec. 17. The Cubs also participated in the 16th Annual Christmas in Englewood Toy Giveaway with Alderman Latasha Thomas.
* Goethe School Book Program
The Cubs have adopted the 7th and 8th grade classes at Goethe School in Logan Square for Operation Santa. Cubs associates have provided more than 150 books from a holiday wish list sent by Goethe students. The books were gift wrapped and delivered to their classrooms.
* Chicago Chargers Youth Football Donation
The Cubs donated $2,500 to the Chicago Chargers youth football team to help send them to their National Youth Championship Game in New Orleans this month. This trip was the first opportunity for many of these youth to leave the city limits of Chicago.
* 23rd Chicago District Thanksgiving Meal
On Nov. 17, Cubs associates joined the 23rd Chicago Police District to serve hot Thanksgiving meals to 200 senior citizens in the Lakeview community. The group shared turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and desserts.
* The National Runaway Switchboard Thanksgiving Meal
The National Runaway Switchboard and the Cubs partnered for the sixth consecutive year to serve a Thanksgiving meal to runaway and homeless children. St. Luke Church on West Belmont Avenue hosted the event, with more than 100 youth benefitting from the meal.
* Cubs Players Visit Arizona Hospitals
Cubs players participated in two local events in Mesa, Ariz., to benefit deaf and sick children. On Nov. 16, Cubs players visited Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to run a free baseball clinic. Players also visited sick children at Cardon Children’s Medical Center to spread Thanksgiving cheer.
— Carrie Muskat