Mayor Richard M. Daley today celebrated the holiday season with his annual visit to Children’s Memorial Hospital.
This year, the patients and staff held a special tribute to honor Mayor Daley’s last holiday visit as Mayor of the City of Chicago.
“As Mayor, one of the things I’m most thankful for is the generous spirit of Chicagoans. I see it every day in organizations that partner in our City’s efforts to improve the quality of life for our residents, especially our children,” said Mayor Daley. “Children’s Memorial has an outstanding reputation for its devotion to the medical needs of children, but it is much more than a hospital, and it provides much more than medical care. It provides love and support for the young people in its care, and it helps them make the most of their lives.”
The Mayor noted that even though these are challenging times for everyone, there is still a lot to be thankful for.
“Children's truly embodies the holiday spirit of giving, sharing and caring – and it does this every day of the year,” said Daley. “May this holiday season be an opportunity for all of us to renew our commitment to the important work of helping children and the members of our community who need it most.”
The Mayor also encouraged residents who have extra money or time this holiday season to donate to a charity to help a family put food on the table, provide a winter coat for a child, or volunteer to help children, seniors or the homeless.
“This year the simple act of giving or kindness can go a long way,” said Mayor Daley.