Target Area Development Hosts ‘Holiday Blessings Dinner’ in Englewood

Attendees enjoy Target Area Development’s Holiday Blessings Dinner held at Ogden Park’s field house in Englewood on Wednesday, December 20, 2023.

Ogden Park’s field house was filled with holiday spirit during Target Area Development‘s Holiday Blessings Dinner on December 20. Approximately 80 people, including around 30 children, gathered to celebrate and eat a Christmas meal.

While people enjoyed their meals, Target Area organizers prepared a raffle for the guests. The lucky winners had first chance to choose their prizes; however, in the true essence of giving each participant received a prize regardless of their raffle ticket. The adult gift table was filled with cozy fleece blankets, robot vacuum cleaners, perfumes, and canteens. While the children’s gift table featured an assortment of toys such as Ultimate Uno, Spiderman cars, and even headphones.

No holiday celebration would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus, and the event did not disappoint. The Grinch also made a mischievous appearance, adding a playful touch to the night.

“We have people who look forward to our [Target Area’s] events,” said Terrell Young, an organizer at Target Area Development. “Our goal is to give back to our community.”

The Holiday Blessings Dinner was a joyous occasion for all who attended. The event not only celebrated the Christmas season but also exemplified the spirit of giving, unity, and compassion that defines the true meaning of the holidays.

Target Area Development is one of 13 Chicago organizations representing Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), a coalition of non-profit organizations focused on gun violence prevention across 27 Chicago neighborhoods. The Holiday Blessings Dinner was part of Light in the Night, a CP4P program aimed at reclaiming public spaces.

To learn more about upcoming Light in the Night events, check the calendar here.

Santa Claus makes his rounds at Target Area Development’s Holiday Blessings Dinner. Gifts such as fleece blankets, robot vacuum cleaners, children’s toys, and more were distributed among attendees.