Kiwanis, Jaycees Brighten Christmas for In-Need Children

A few hundred children and their families were invited to a special event at Palatine High School Tuesday night, sponsored by the Palatine Kiwanis, Jaycees and Sundling Junior High School.

More than 300 children and parents attended the annual Christmas Party for in-need kids at Palatine High School Tuesday night.  The Palatine Kiwanis Club and Palatine Jaycees, along with the Builders Service Club of Sundling Junior High School, a Kiwanis affiliate, supported 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 requested when registering.  

The gifts were donated by the Jaycees, Kiwanis members and employees of the Village of Palatine. Kiwanis member Jim Parker masqueraded as Santa Claus while Jaycee members provided a picture with each child on Santa’s lap.

Sundling students acted as Santa’s elves, making sure each child received the present he or she wanted. Pizza was provided by the Jaycees and ice cream, cake and juice drinks were donated by the Kiwanis Club to add to the party atmosphere.  

Games and crafts were available for those waiting to see Santa, supervised by Jaycees and Sundling students. 

Organizers of the event this year were Bruce Blanck from Kiwanis, and Chrissy Trilling-Raices and Traci Hinshaw from the Jaycees. Nancy Biancalana of Sundling Junior High School organized the Elf student helpers.  

Information provided by Bruce Blanck, Palatine Kiwanis Club. 


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