MACY’S ‘OPERATION HAPPY CHILDREN’                                                                                      WILL BRING 200 PRE-SCHOOLERS TO STATE STREET TO MEET SANTA

Macy’s on State Street opens its doors to children from  Chicago Commons’ Head Start program to enjoy a morning of Holiday magic   

Known worldwide for its holiday traditions, Macy’s magical Believe Stations in every store feature a Believe Meter, letter-writing station and an official Santa Mail letterbox. Beginning Saturday, November 7, children across the country are invited to drop off their letters at Macy’s Santa Mailbox. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation up to $1 million to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Macy's wonderful Christmas holiday
      Macy’s wonderful Christmas holiday windows

 Macy’s on State Street store will open its doors early to continue its holiday tradition for children enrolled in Chicago Commons’ Head Start program. For this year’s 8th Annual Operation Happy Children Event, Macy’s has recruited Santa Claus, The Walnut Room Fairies, and some Macy’s executives to spread some holiday cheer.
The expected two hundred pre-school children from the surrounding area will be welcomed into Macy’s on State Street and make four fun-filled stops including –

Make-A-Wish one half of twins Amar and Ameer  patiently  drops his letter in Santa's special mailbox
Make-A-Wish, one half of twins Amar and Ameer patiently drops his letter in Santa’s special mailbox.

Breakfast in the Walnut Room with special entertainment by Fairy Princesses and face painters.

Stop #2 Macy’s Believe mailbox to drop off their letters to Santa. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, up to $1 million, as part of Macy’s Believe campaign.

Stop #3 SantaLand®, to meet Santa and take class pictures.

Stop #4 Upon their exit from SantaLand®, the children will leave with a shopping bag full of presents including a plush and their choice of a toy.

When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Where: Macy’s on State Street
> The Walnut Room – 7th Floor
> SantaLand® – 5th Floor Kids Department
For more than 120 years, Chicago Commons has had an unrelenting commitment to improve the well-being of thousands of children, adults, seniors and families living in communities that are at the highest risk of poverty, violence and low educational attainment. Chicago Commons provides early education, youth services, adult education and services to seniors and adults with disabilities in West Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, and Bronzeville. For more information visit,

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