On Wednesday, December 14th, the Chicago Blackhawks will be scoring big for Chicago's less fortunate.
For the third season, the Blackhawks players, their wives and girlfriends, as well as the front office staff will be contributing to Cathedral Shelter's Christmas Basket program, Chicago's largest personalized holiday program. Volunteers and staff members from the Blackhawks and Cathedral Shelter will be on hand at the Shelter's Ogden Avenue facilities at 3:00 p.m. to accept Christmas Baskets that have been prepared and donated by the team.
This season the Cathedral Shelter Christmas Basket program enters its 85th year with more than 1600 families receiving assistance and having their holiday "wishes" come true with food and toys donated by the Hawks and more than 200 individuals, corporate and community givers.
"We take pride in the community we play in and feel that the holiday season is a great time to show how much we care," stated Blackhawks captain Adrian Aucoin. "Our families feel very fortunate to be in a position to help those in need. Hopefully, our involvement in Cathedral Shelter's Christmas Basket program will put a few smiles on the faces of some of the families we are able to help this year."
Among the recipients will be 27 adults and 14 kids who are living in Cathedral Shelter's Cressey House, a housing program for homeless single parents with kids and individuals in recovery from substance abuse. Established in 1915, Cathedral Shelter of Chicago provides emergency food, rental assistance, substance abuse treatment and workforce development programs that reach 20,000 people every year.
"The Blackhawks have been terrific neighbors," observed the Rev. Glenn Chalmers, Cathedral Shelter Executive Director. "We are so thankful that the Blackhawks players and their families, along with the front office staff are reaching out to so many struggling families here on the Near West Side. Even though we continue to see so much growth, there are still huge pockets of poverty in our shared neighborhood."
Cathedral Shelter is one of many non-profit organizations supported by the Chicago Blackhawks as part of our mission to aid youth who are homeless, abused or other wise at risk.