SM Wright Foundation presents Christmas in the Park
S.M. Wright Foundation will present the 19th Annual Christmas in the Park, which helps meet great needs where thousands of families struggle every day to provide basic necessities. Over 44,000 people were served in 2016 with basic necessities like clothes, coats and food while others found toys, bikes and more to help make a child’s Christmas wish come true.
One of the highlights is Coats for Kids, which is a program created by Maddy McGuire, a Highland Park High School (HPHS) student. She has been participating with her parents, Natalie and Mike, along with her sister Sophie in Christmas in the Park since she was three years old, making 2017 her 14th year to volunteer. She also founded the S. M. Wright Club at HPHS and along with approximately 50 volunteers, seeks donations of new warm coats all year long to give hope and happiness to kids in desperate need. Funds raised by the club purchase new Coats for Kids through Burlington Coat Factory’s community program and HPHS awards service hours for students. Since Maddie graduated last spring, her sister, Sophie, has taken on the leadership of the SM Wright Club at HPHS.