CHICAGO – Four volunteers were robbed while setting up Christmas decorations in Chicago and a tree that the group had decorated was set on fire.
The volunteers were out with “My Block, My Hood, My City” and the tree had just been lit in a festive ceremony on Saturday evening.
The women told investigators that they were decorating a fence in Bronzeville Saturday afternoon when a group of people got out of a white SUV and took their wallets and purses and then drove away.
The Christmas tree set up by “My Block, My Hood, My City” in Washington Park was set on fire overnight. This is the second year in a row that the group’s tree has been set on fire.
A statement read “My Block, My Hood, My City,” said: “It is unfortunate that a beautiful tree was burned at an event designed to bring the community together. While it’s a setback, it won’t stop us . ” beautify the community during the Christmas season. I want to thank our volunteers for coming. We are still able to decorate over 200 houses along King Drive. “
The group plans to have volunteers decorating more houses this coming weekend.