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Tree Lighting and Food Drive and MORE!

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This is Tereeza for Channel 7 Noon News in Chicago. I'm in the Northside Community Park, where tonight there is a Tree Lighting and Food Drive.

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Hopefully the rainy weather won't keep the neighborhood families from coming out for the lighting this beautiful tree and donating to the 
food drive.

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There, they are testing the lights. This should be a great event, signing off and see you at 8pm, LIVE on Channel 7 tonight for this tree lighting. 

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It's Dusk and the Park is almost ready for the Event. 


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Tereeza: Alderman Derek, how nice to see you here at the Food Drive and Tree lighting.

Alderman: Thank you Tereeza, I'm here with Monica who is chairwoman for the Food Drive and this event.
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Monica: Yes, the neighborhood is trying to help any way we can. All the food collected tonight will be taken to the Food Bank over at St. John's to be distributed to those in need. We have so many right now! 


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Tereeza: Well, you have a great crowd here tonight and your bins are almost full. Can people bring food in still tonight.

Monica: The bins for non-perishable food items will be placed at neighborhood shops for the duration of the holiday season---the need is so large this year. And, we thank everyone for opening their hearts and pantries for those in need.

Thanks so much, Monica and Alderman Derek. Next, we have Colette Deveraux who will be leading the sing-along after the Tree is lit.


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Tereeza: Miss Deveraux, how are you involved with this event. 

Colette/Callie: Well, Tereeza, Colette Deveraux was my stage name in France, but I'm Callie Devers from Joliet, and I'm so glad to be home here in Illinois. I live across the street from this park in the Grand View, and really wanted to join with the community for this event.

Tereeza: Well, what will you be singing tonight for us after the tree is lit?

Callie: "I'll be Home for Christmas, if only in my dreams" by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent, 1943.

Tereeza: Thanks, I really love that one. 
(Turns to the CROWD gathered 
 ARE We READY! 

10....5...4...3..2...1....!  
 
LIGHTS GO ON!!!

Oooh...Ahhh...Beautiful background Music starts....


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The TREE IS LIT!
And now Miss Callie Devers singing "I'll be home for Christmas."

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Callie: I'll be Home... for Christmas....

You can plan on me.....

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Please have snow...and mistletoe and presents by the tree...

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Christmas Eve will find me....

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Where the love light gleams....

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I'll be home for Christmas.....


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If only....in....myyyyyy....dreams.

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Christmas Eve...will find me....

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Where the love light gleams...

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I'll be home...

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For Christmas....

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If only ....

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In my .....

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Dreams......



Applause....

Callie: Let's all sing along to Jingle Bells...everyone knows it!  

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Dashing through the snow....

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In a one horse open sleigh. Oe'r the fields we go....laughing all the way...

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Bells on bobtail ring, making spirits bright...

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Oh what fun it is to ride with a 
sleighbell song tonight...
OOOOOOH..... Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells..
Jingle all the way....


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Tereeza: This is Tereeza from Channel 7 Evening News signing off from Northside Neighborhood Park, tree lighting and food drive. Wishing you all jingle bells and Happy Holidays.

I hope you are home safe and enjoying your holidays!
Wear your mask, social distance and stay at home. 

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Trish's Tree Time Lot is HOPPING!

Trish's Tree Time Garden Center has been pretty busy!

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Trish: I'm sure glad Ted came this afternoon with more stock. The trees and wreaths are thinning out. I bet we will be busy tonight!


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(Later after 5 pm the lot is packed)

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Lena (L) and Mari (R) have been shopping for hours.
Mari: Oh, that wreath, that one..up there!
Ted: I'll be right there to reach that, for you!


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Ted: Anything else if you still have room in the car?

Mari: This sprinkling can for my Grammy and this snowman for Mom. Thanks, you have been a big help, Ted. Trish is lucky to have such a great brother!


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Rosemarie: Daddy, we found the perfect tree...it's PINK! Look at these great decorations!

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Vince (Daddy): Cool, which tree, Honey?

Connie (Mom): That one back there!

Vince: We'll need help with that, man that is really pink?

Courtney (pink hoodie): Oh, Daddy can I help?


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Ted: Great choice sir...for the girls! Lift on three; one, two, and three!

Vince: Glad it's only two blocks away! 
Ted: Do you have this, Sir?

Courtney: Sure, we're the Marinos, we got it! 

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Courtney: You're the best Daddy ever! 

Vince: Sure honey, anything for my girls!


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Melanie: Maybe we should get this live tree, and put it in the yard after Christmas?

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Lucas: Say, if we take this live tree, can you plant it later for us. 
Ted: Sure we have full landscaping services, we can do it after Christmas, or you can mulch a mound around the pot and we will do it later! 

Lucas: How about delivery with the mulch then. 

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Melissa: My mom picked this out too...I love the Nutcracker!



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Melanie: We've only been in Chicago for a month, this is a great neighborhood. Thanks, for all your help!

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Peder is shopping for gifts for his family! 

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Dee Dee: My aunt Jacquie will love that wreath, can you bundle it up for me, she's still shopping!



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Trish: Hi, Dee Dee! 
Dee Dee: Ted got this down for me, now I have to run to the car before Jacquie sees it! 

Trish: Better hurry, thanks for shopping here!

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Trish: Peder, what kind of wreath are you looking for?

Peder: Something with sports, my dad is a Chicago Team guy.

Trish: I'm sure we have one here somewhere.


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Trish: That's a lot of empty wreaths? Are you going to put me out of business!

Vanny: Hi, Trish. We are going to make some for the church virtual bazaar, can we get a break on the price, if you can.

Trish: How about half price, and you can put Trish's Garden Center down as donating, also. Happy to help!

Jacquie: Thanks Trish, there are so many in need, all the proceeds will go for the food bank! 

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Jacquie: You sure have been busy---we are just hanging on at the salon.

Trish: Soon as we close up for the winter, I'll be in for a trim and my nails are a fright. Have a Merry Christmas if I don't see you again.

Jacquie: Don't miss the Tree Lighting in the Park on Friday. You two are part of our community now.

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Jacquie: See you Friday! Don't forget to bring something for the food bank...we have to help those in need! 

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Trish: Sure we will. Tree lighting...wow...can't wait...!

Ted: Yep, it will be fun, well let's get all these tree lights off, Sis...or the un-tree lighting, 

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...and lock the gates...tomorrow is another day!

Trish: Ted, we need more wreaths, some trees, and more bags...and....

Ted: I know.....


HAVE YOUR DOLLS PURCHASED THEIR TREES YET?

Sandi's note: I have to confess this is the most fun I have had in a long time...setting up this tree/garden center...and dressing all the dolls to do their shopping. I will be sorry to see it close for the winter. Upside next is Vickie's and then the Tree Lighting! Hope you are managing some doll time, since we are locked up!

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