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Their smiles could light up a city!

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Contact: Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk, (847) 432-3240,

Their smiles could light up a city!

As he greeted children to distribute holiday gifts at Moraine Township's Annual Phyllis Santullano Holiday Gift Drive, Santa Claus observed that "their smiles could light up our city." Santa's elves were ably assisted by generous sponsors from the Highland Park/Highwood community who were anonymously matched with children.

Santa greets child at Moraine Township's Holiday
Gift Drive

"We are reminded daily of how fortunate we are to live in a community with a spirit of generosity and compassion that is second to none," noted Event Co-Chair Sue Kach.

Moraine Township partners with the community and schools for this effort. This year's total of 620 children receiving gifts is an increase over prior years. School social workers and counselors nominate families who are struggling financially, and every child in that family is sponsored.

"The donor knows the age, gender, size, grade in school and wish list - but not the name - of a specific child, and commits to spending $50 to $60 on new toys and clothing for each child," explained Township Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, who co-chairs the effort. "When gifts are distributed to the children, the family also receives grocery gift cards to shop for the foods that make their family's holiday celebration special, and Santa invited children to select brand new warm gloves, scarves and hats."

The Annual Holiday Gift Drive is named after Phyllis Santullano, a Highland Park City Council member during the '70s and '80s who founded The North Suburban Self-Help Center to help struggling families from all cultures in our community. Moraine Township's Annual Holiday Gift Drive in small part helps to keep Phyllis' spirit of compassion and generosity alive in our community.

For further information call Moraine Township at 847-432-3240 or email

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