Operation North Pole (ONP) is a volunteer-based public charity. ONP works with Chicago’s major children’s hospitals, providing a day of fun and fantasy for families who have a child battling a life threatening illness by hosting a fantasy trip to the North Pole. With the emotional and financial stresses a family with a child battling a life-threatening or a terminal illness may face, ONP makes every effort to ensure that the entire family participates and shares in the day's festivities. The magical experience includes breakfast, a festive train ride to the North Pole, a visit with Santa, winter wonderland fun, entertainment, treats, playing games, fulfilling personal wish list gifts with our "Secret Santas", and much more! It's ONP's goal to provide these families an unforgettable experience amidst the very challenging times they face daily.
While Operation North Pole continues to host this cornerstone holiday event, we are expanding our mission in the care of children. ONP distributed over 15,000 winter winter coats to children over the past several years to schools throughout the Chicago suburbs with the assistance of local Fire and Police Departments in association with Operation Warm, we hosted blood drives in partnership with LifeSource and continued to support numerous charitable missions and visions.