Video: Volunteers decorate South Side to spread holiday spirit

Matt Petres

Matt Petres and Patrice Graham

On Chicago’s South Side, things are lighting up this holiday season. At a kickoff community lighting event at 85th and King Drive on Dec. 10, volunteers began spreading the Christmas spirit.

This is the second year that My Hood, My Block, My City has decorated South Side neighborhoods. Last year they decorated 500 homes, stretching over nearly 12 miles. This year, they hope to beat that with the help of volunteers.

This is Christopher Townson’s first year volunteering, and for him, decorating is about more than Christmas spirit. 

My Block, My Hood, My City is a nonprofit organization that empowers underprivileged communities and inspires youth by providing them with opportunities in STEM. To raise money for events like these, the organization sells merchandise and serves food from local businesses. 

People love to support the cause, often picking up a warm piece of clothing to wear.

Although cold, the attendees of today’s event were in good spirits, with many bringing family or friends. The event also featured live performances from Chicago-based artists, bringing more culture to Christmas. After the festivities, volunteers headed to the houses to decorate.

Event organizers and southside residents are working together to keep the South Side merry and bright long after the holiday season is over, building a better world one block at a time.