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Kids Can Grab A Toy From Little Village Discount Mall, Get A Photo With Santa At Holiday Event

The first 500 kids can get a voucher for a $20 gift and a photo with Santa at the event, which is being hosted by Little Village-based nonprofit Urban Warriors.

The Discount Mall in Little Village on Aug. 19, 2022.
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LITTLE VILLAGE — A Little Village group is hosting Una Nochebuena event at the neighborhood’s Discount Mall this week.

Nonprofit Urban Warriors is hosting the event 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Discount Mall, 3115 W. 26th St. The first 500 kids can get a $20 voucher to choose their own gift from small businesses and grab a photo with Santa.

This is the second year Urban Warriors has coordinated the event. Organizers gave out 200 gift vouchers last year.

The vouchers are eligible only at participating vendors within the mall and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be live music and food from local vendors.

“Last year’s Christmas Voucher program was such a meaningful event for both our local youth and our small businesses, and we could not be more thrilled to bring back this uplifting program at such a crucial time this year,” Rey Raigoza, group founder and executive director, said in a statement.

Partnering with the Discount Mall is significant as concerns mount over whether this will be the last Christmas season for the longtime shopping center. Vendor contracts are supposed to expire in January, and it’s still unclear what the developer’s plans are.

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