Christmas Ship

December 1, 2012 6:58:29 AM PST
Plenty of people are stepping up to help in this holiday season of giving, and on Saturday, December 1, 2012, hundreds of deserving families in the Chicago area are experiencing that firsthand.

The Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw" is docked at Navy Pier. It's serving as this year's "Christmas Ship," and it's loaded with 1,300 Christmas trees. Cdr. Michael Davanzo, Commanding Officer of the ship, joined us live during our ABC7 News Saturday Morning to explain how the trees were being distributed to families in need.

There are also free, public tours of the Mackinaw on Saturday, December 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Schedule of events:

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
10 a.m.
Opening ceremony, west end of Navy Pier
Wreath laying
Wreath drop and fly-over by Coast Guard helicopter
Tree off-loading from Mackinaw
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Free, public tours of Cutter Mackinaw