Annual Christmas party for needy Detroit children looking for help to continue serving 100s of kids

By Shawn Ley - Reporter

DETROIT - One of Detroit’s most vital traditions is still going strong, but now is in need of some help.

That’s where you come in.

Each year, hundreds Detroit kids would not get anything for Christmas if not for the Most Holy Trinity Christmas party.

Vaughn Derderian’s father started the event 54 years ago.

On Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall in Corktown, 500 Detroit kids will be treated to food, a visit from Santa and a big, red bag each. A toy, a coat and, after one child a few years back asked for a blanket, a blanket will be inside the bags

Derderian, owner of the Anchor Bar, helps carry on his father’s work and the work of countless volunteers, doesn't mince words.

“We need more people to write a check to help this keep going every year. When you write a check, you get on the parish mailing list. We need to keep that mailing list going, so each year we can ask those who gave a little the year before to give a little this year, too,” Derderian said.

“Trust me, it makes you feel good to help keep this tradition alive, to help make a child’s Christmas each year,” Derderian said.

Over the years, local newspaper reporters and columnists helped spread the word about the Christmas party, but as the years go on, people retire, people who donate move or have passed away, and now a new crop of people are needed to keep the tradition going. That includes people who mail or drop off a check of $20, $50 or maybe even $100.

To make the Christmas party happen for the 500 kids, $35,000 is needed every year.

If you want to help keep the Most Holy Trinity Christmas party going, you can send a check to:

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church
1050 Porter St.
Detroit, MI

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