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