Holiday for Hope
Holiday for Hope
The History of Holiday for Hope
Dreams for Kids very first event occurred on Christmas Eve, December 24,1989 in small homeless shelter in Chicago called Clara’s House. Finding 54 children doubled up on beds or sleeping on the floor opened our eyes and our hearts. We came with gifts, food, Santa Claus and the joy of hope. We left knowing we had to do more. And so we did. The next year we went to two shelters, the third year we visited three. Having run out space for the day, we decided to bring kids to one location. Every year it grew, and we people of all faith and invited other around the world to join us. Today, Holiday for Hope is the largest holiday event of its kind in the world and brings over 1,500 homeless and severely at-risk children to one location in Illinois on one day in December and over 6,000 worldwide.
Holiday for Hope Around the World
Click on each marker to see where Holiday for Hope is celebrated around the world.
Each December Inside shelters and orphanages, on the streets of tiny villages, and in churches, synagogues, and communities, forgotten children of our world will celebrate life, each other, the gift of generosity, and hope for the New Year and their futures. In Illinois, at the Broadway Armory Park, over 1,500 homeless and severely at-risk youth in Chicago enjoy a spectacular day of games, music music, crafts, food, face-painting, and will receive a shopping bag full of gifts! None of this would be possible without people just like you.
Join us and enroll your family, friends and co-workers. Host a toy drive. Raise funds. Volunteer at the event. We need your help.
Check out our photos from our historic 25th Anniversary event in Chicago on December 21, 2013 here.
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