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West Side Families Can Sign Up For A Socially Distanced Visit With Santa

The visits with Santa have been a Loretto Hospital tradition for 30 years. This year's version will be a drive-through event to keep families safe amid the pandemic.

The visits with Santa will happen at the Columbus Park Refectory.
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AUSTIN — The pandemic has put a damper on traditional holiday gatherings this year. But Loretto Hospital is still offering a way for West Side children to meet Santa Claus.

Loretto is continuing its cherished Christmas tradition by hosting their 30th annual visit with Santa on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. The drive-through visits will be hosted at the Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.

The visits will enforce social distancing precautions to keep families safe. Space is limited to 200 families with up to five children each.

Children 12 and under will also receive a Christmas gift from Santa at the event.

“We recognize the importance of sharing traditions with loved ones during the holidays,” said State Rep. Camille Lilly (D – Chicago), who is also head of external affairs at Loretto. “One of the time-honored traditions at the Loretto Hospital is the annual visit with Santa.”

Families must register on the Loretto website by Dec. 7 to participate.

Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.

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