Gallery: Christmas Gifts Bring Joy at Most Holy Trinity's Yearly Celebration in Detroit

December 11, 2021, 5:00 PM

Saturday's howling winds made little difference to the smiling children in vehicles that pulled up to a lot near the Most Holy Trinity Parish on Porter Street in Detroit's Corktown to get a bag of gifts for the 59th annual Christmas celebration.

For the second year in a row, due to concerns about Covid, the church used the drive-up method for four hours to distribute gifts to roughly 500 children, rather than at the usual festive party. There were clowns in the parking lot, along with Santa Claus and Joseph and Mary and baby Jesus.

"It was as inspirational as ever, kids were waving," said Vaughn Derderian, former owner of Detroit's Anchor Bar, who has helped raise funds each year for the event. 

Gifts for the children, 5 to 10, included coats, sweatshirts, socks, underwear, toys, a pizza voucher from Amicci's and a $15 gift card from Target.

To register your child for next year, call the parish office at (313) 965-4450 or see more information

Anyone wishing to donate for next year's event can click here or send a check to tost Holy Trinity Parish, 1050 Porter St., Detroit, MI 48226.

Photos by Michael Lucido

Santa Claus welcomes visitors pulling up for presents
Mickey and Minnie Mouse welcome the children
Although there is no indoor event, children still get their chance to wave and greet Santa Claus
Mrs. Claus says "Merry Christmas" to passing vehicles
Volunteers Sergio Perez (Left) & Alejandro Molina (Right) helping today to place presents in the trunks of passing vehicles.
Santas Sleigh is in the shop, Uhaul had to step in to help out this Christmas. Volunteer Xander Caruana handing off presents from the Uhaul to place in the vehicles trunk
Volunteers Joe Said (Left) & Debra Rodriguez (Right) waving a final goodbye to those leaving


The line of vehicles on Abbot Street waiting for their chance to meet Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus
Volunteers using vehicles to block the immensly high winds 
















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