CHICAGO (CBS) — Santa Claus is coming to town a bit early for some needy families in southwest suburban Tinley Park.
It will be hard to miss; roughly 50 emergency vehicles will escort Santa through Tinley Park on Saturday. Dennis Mahoney, a former Tinley Park police officer and president of the board for the non-profit Tinley Wish Organization, said they’re helping six families for the holiday season.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Tapers Saturday Night, But More Scattered Showers Sunday
“One little girl is very sick, has cancer. They’ve exhausted all their monies on insurance. They’ve second- and third-mortgaged their house. They’ve exhausted every penny they have, just to keep the child going with medical leave,” he said.
Tinley Wish was founded by two Tinley Park police officers in 1996. It has since spread to residents who find creative ways to raise funds.
“Bunco parties, Bingo parties, kids selling Kool-Aid, kids selling lemonade,” Mahoney said.