About Santa Mike
In the winter of 1970, Mike Sturch, lovingly known as “Santa Mike,” began a tradition to help St. Vincent de Paul Center families have a better holiday season. For over 40 years, “Santa Mike” has been providing over 440 children of low-income working families a special gift from Santa, a Homeless Outreach Luncheon for over 500 homeless men, women and children, as well as a special holiday meal for over 250 isolated seniors.
Thanks to the help from generous donations to the Santa Mike Fund, Mike, his family and faithful volunteers have been able to provide holiday gifts for thousands of children in need, countless dinners for low-income seniors, sponsored staff appreciation dinners and a Thanksgiving meal for hundreds of homeless men and women.
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The Homeless Outreach Luncheon & Resource Fair
November 4, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Homelessness can happen to anyone. There are 3.5 million Homeless people in America and over 82,000 in Chicago. On November 4th Santa Mike Sturch and Friends, along with Marillac St. Vincent Family Services will host the 47th Annual Homeless Outreach Event. This event is designed to bring a little hope into the lives of the 400 people who attend. Guests will be offered legal aide, public benefit assistance, health assessments, dental screenings, haircuts, and a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Each guest will also receive a new coat, sleeping bag, toiletries and winter essentials to help them through the season.
Santa Visits the Children of St. Vincent
December 8, 2017 | 1:00 - 5:00 PM
In Illinois the number of families who are defined as the Working Poor continues to rise each year. In 2015 a family of four who earned $24,036 fell below the Federal Poverty Level. Families are working hard every day to give their children what they need. At St. Vincent DePaul Center 456 children ages 3 months to 12 years old attend our child development programs. Our parents want the best for their children now and for their futures. Imagine at the holidays having to make the decision of paying rent or buying your child a gift. These are difficult choices being made by our parents. 47 years ago Mike Sturch started his Santa Mike Holiday party which includes a visit from Santa and a special gift for each child.
Senior's Christmas Party
December 8, 2017 | 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Socialization is critical for senior health and well-being. The more socialization the more positive seniors are and they feel less lonely and isolated. The Santa Mike Fund and Marillac St. Vincent Family Services have been hosting a Christmas Party for Seniors throughout Chicago. This year the party will be held on December 8, 2017, at St. Vincent. The night is full of fun and plenty of socialization. The seniors are treated to a sit down dinner, music, gifts, dancing and a night of fond memories. It is an opportunity for them to connect with old friends and meet new ones.
For information on these events, contact Rob Christopher at 312.278.4219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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