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CHICAGO – With the holiday season fast approaching during a global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) is encouraging residents to keep up with safe practices if and when they choose to celebrate.

“I know that the holiday season is a time that we all want to be with our family, friends and loved ones to celebrate everything that is important to us, and so it is important to remember that if you do choose to celebrate, you do so in a way that is safe in order to keep everyone healthy,” Peters said. “I know that it might seem difficult and that we’re all sick of Zoom, but a ‘Zoomsgiving’ is better than spending your Christmas in a hospital, or worse.”

Peters also wants to remind those who are in need that there are resources available to help.

“My office put together a list of food pantries and soup kitchens that serve our area,” Peters said. “If your family needs help finding food to get through the holiday season, do not hesitate to reach out to these places and get the assistance you need.”

The list of food pantries can be found at