Each year, Dear Evanston invites organizations and groups that work toward building bridges across race and socioeconomics, increasing equity, reducing poverty and ending gun violence in Evanston to send a holiday message to the community.
Here are Tracy Gallun and Kristin Harrelson O'Connor, co-presidents of ESCCA, an 87-year-old Evanston organization.
ESCCA's mission is to ensure that no Kindergarten through eighth-grade Evanston/Skokie School District 65 school student miss school for lack of warm clothing.
With the help of volunteers and generous donors, ESCCA provides about 700 children every year with a free, full winter wardrobe from its clothing center, including the essentials most needed--a winter coat, hats, gloves, and new boots.
Their wish for Evanston: The comfort of warmth and every happiness in the new year.