Thanks to dozens of volunteers and generous donors, the Naperville YMCA and Park District were able to celebrate their 32nd Annual Community Christmas Luncheon.
“They’re people. It’s neighbors; it’s people who live in our community. It’s a place to go for everyone and makes their day a happier day and makes my day a happier day,” said volunteer Carol Gavalick.
Local seniors and families in need came together to spend a heartfelt holiday with others and enjoy a Christmas feast. For some, it’s become a much anticipated tradition.
“Well I’m here celebrating Christmas day with some friends and also my sister is here along with a couple other friends of mine. We’re having a fabulous time, as we always do!” said senior Judy Patchett.
The event included a visit from Santa himself, live music and some classic Christmas carols.
The YMCA and Park District received so much support last year that they were able to add more seats and host over 200 guests this year.
“At the Y, we talk about building a strong community, and I think this is right at the heart of it. When you see over 40 volunteers and staff coming together on Christmas day to give back to their community and have a celebration, I think that’s a testament to why we do it,” said R.J. Bartels, Executive Director of the Kroehler Family YMCA.
This Christmas, it’s not about what’s under the tree that matters, it’s about the people you share it with.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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