Our 2020 Year in Review

A message from our board

June 2021

Due to COVID-19 and the state’s limitations on indoor crowd size, our Board of Directors​made the exceedingly difficult decision to cancel our main holiday event for the 2020 season as well as some of our annual fundraisers. ​We knew more than ever there would be a need to help those in our community.  So here is a little update on what ONP has been up to this past year…

Coat Program

In 2020 our goal was to distribute roughly 6,700 new winter coats to low-income children. There were many hurdles to overcome this past year and we are proud to say​ that, although students were not in the typical in-person classroom,​ we successfully distributed all 6,700 new winter coats. The distribution of the coats looked vastly different from past years but nonetheless, we were able to distribute the coats safely and effectively!

Operation “Let’s Get Cookin”

For the past 5 years, several of Chicago’s most well-known chefs have come together to give their time, talents, and personal funds to ​participate in a gourmet food tasting event for the benefit of Operation North Pole. It is by far ONP’s largest fundraiser. One week after our 2020 event, COVID hit and the entire restaurant industry was turned upside down.  ONP felt the need to help those who have helped us for so many years.


On March 21st Operation North Pole ​sponsored a 12-hour live-streamed telethon event called “Let’s Get Cookin.” This event was intended to help support members of the restaurant community who have supported ONP over the years. Because of our generous supporters​,​ ONP was able to raise over $100,000 for over 20 area restaurant establishments.  All proceeds were equally distributed to those restaurants that participated in our telethon. 


Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

For the past few years, Operation North Pole has supported and partnered with the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels located in West Humboldt Park.  The mission is comprised of a new religious order of nuns which was founded in 2010 to serve the community, one of the poorest in the Chicago area.  These nuns operate a food pantry, a food kitchen and offer other forms of support for the area residents.  This past year ONP was able to give over 700 Christmas Stockings valued at around $22,000.00 and hundreds of new toys valued at around $30,000.00 for their annual Christmas event. 

Thank you to all our generous donors and supporters of our organization. Without you, we would have not been able to accomplish all we did for our community this past year.