CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was spreading some good cheer to thousands of senior citizens and other needy people around the city on Friday.
It was the 50th year White has been handing out turkeys and ham to the needy for Christmas.
White said he remembers his family being on welfare when he was a child. Since that time, he has wanted to “give back.”
“My parents made a great sacrifice to make sure that we had something wonderful at Christmas, and through the help of the state and others, we were able to have a good meal,” he said. “I was a public aid recipient for about nine years as a kid, and this time of year was always tough sledding, so I just committed myself to doing something good for someone at Thanksgiving, and especially Christmas.”