Although the snow and cold weather can make it difficult, the Christmas holiday and the new year are a wonderful time for residents to remind themselves about what they can do for their neighbors – especially our seniors and those in need.
Too many of our seniors live alone. Too many families are facing economic challenges, having a difficult time paying the bills or bringing a little holiday cheer to their children.
Last month, I was proud to host a celebration of the holidays for the children of the town of Cicero. More than 2,500 children came out with their parents to meet Santa Claus and to receive gifts donated by the town of Cicero that included toys, but also some clothing for the winter.
It reminded me of the meaning of holiday giving, that it brings so much satisfaction when you give and when you reach out to those in need. Just to see the smiles on the faces of the little children, and to watch them play and enjoy their toys and some treats was a great holiday treat for me.
We also hosted our annual Senior Citizen Luncheon at the Cicero Community Center. Nearly 1,000 seniors came out to enjoy a hearty lunch, great music, dance and to just come together and talk.
No senior should be home alone. If you have a senior who lives alone near you, reach out to them. Bring them a small gift. Talk to them. Make sure they are doing OK. If they have any challenges, call our Department of Senior Services. The town of Cicero does everything it can to make the lives of our seniors more comfortable.
Our senior program is one of the finest in the Midwest. You won’t read about that in the big city dailies that thrive on controversy, tragedy, anger and hate to sell their newspapers. But everyone in the town of Cicero knows that it is our duty to help seniors. That’s always been a major part of my commitment to the community: Helping seniors, providing support and activities for our youth and creating an environment that makes us all more safe and secure.
I am proud of all that our community does and the services that the town of Cicero provides. We excel at services. No other municipality comes close to what we offer.
So, I want to take this time and wish everyone a blessed holiday season. Merry Christmas and a happy new year. I wish nothing but the best for you and your families.
For those in need, I hope the new year brings them better fortunes. For those who are doing well, I hope that they find the time to share their good fortune with others around them.
That’s the spirit of the town of Cicero. And that is the spirit of the holiday season.
Best wishes to all.
Larry Dominick is the president of the town of Cicero.