Giant letter to Santa at Chicago home packs powerful anti-violence message

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EDGEWATER — Ten days before Christmas in 2012, a horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School sent shock waves across the country. It also sparked an unusual holiday tradition for two Edgewater residents, Caro D’Offay and partner Laura Gilmore.

The couple, both artists, decided they needed not only a way to process their own feelings on the shooting, but also wanted to find a way to highlight the good in humanity.

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So for the past four holiday seasons, the pair have constructed a huge display in front of their Norwood Street two-flat depicting a letter exchange between a fictional boy named “Bobby” and Santa.