Presented by Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest. Free tickets for the original 1951 classic starring Alastair Sim can be picked up at either Community Bank location: 1001 Lake St., Oak Park or 7777 Lake St., River Forest. Prior to the presentation of A Christmas Carol, Community Bank will be accepting donated gifts on behalf of Bethel New Life, and attendees are encouraged to bring a gift. All donated gifts must be new and should not be wrapped. The most popular donations last year were electronic and educational games for toddlers, toys, African American Barbie dolls, board games, winter gear for all ages and genders, bed sheets, bath and body products, house wares, Walmart gift cards and books. Collected gifts will be donated to Bethel's annual Christmas Store, which is designed to give families a way to purchase Christmas gifts with dignity. Donated gifts are sold at the Christmas Store to families for an affordable price: $1, $5, or $10. The proceeds enable Bethel to support their childhood education program for families in need on the Westside of Chicago.
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