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Bears get into the holiday spirit

The Chicago Bears, Bears Care and United Airlines joined together to host a holiday party for more than 250 deserving children in the United Club at Soldier Field on Tuesday, December 17.

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The 2013 Bears Rookie Class, including David Bass, Jonathan Bostic, Michael Ford, Rogers Gaines, Khaseem Greene, Demontre Hurst, Kyle Long, Jordan Mills, Christian Tupou, Cornelius Washington, C.J. Wilson, and Marquess Wilson, Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey, President and CEO Ted Phillips, Bears staff members, wives, and mascot Staley Da Bear all joined in on the holiday fun by helping out at the party and visiting with the kids.

Volunteers from the Bears and United worked at activity stations or served as table hosts for students from different schools. The kids were treated to a lunch of chicken tenders or pizza, fries, and a fruit cup, along with cups of hot cocoa for dessert. They had the opportunity to participate in a variety of different activities, including a Bears obstacle course, HOPSports fitness, the bounce house, and games in Candy Cane Lane.

Some of the kids' favorite activities included the "Be A Bear" station, where they were able to suit up like the pros do on Sundays; cookie decorating with Blondie's Cookies and the rookies, complete with frosting and sprinkles; face painting; the balloon animal station; and having their photos taken with Santa.

The children who participated in the party all attend Chicago Public Schools and earned the opportunity by demonstrating academic achievement, positive behavior and good attendance. Each student left the party with a new backpack filled with goodies from United and the Bears, and brand new books that they selected from Mrs. Claus's Book Shop.

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