Steve Wilkos with good friend Santa

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's nationally syndicated series "The Steve Wilkos Show" has outfitted a special bus and is hitting the road for the holidays to give a helping hand to children and families in need. Starting December 19, Wilkos and the show will make stops in Milwaukee, Chicago, Nashville, Tampa, Hartford, Boston and Baltimore to give food, toys, warm coats and much-needed supplies to schools, shelters and rescue missions within local communities. “This is a great opportunity for us to give back and make a difference in people’s lives, said Wilkos. "I’ve got kids of my own and know the holidays should be special – it will be great to bring some joy to people who otherwise wouldn’t have any this holiday season.” The first stop on the tour is Milwaukee, where Wilkos (along with Santa Claus) will visit an elementary school and give under-privileged children toys and warm coats and help teachers by donating much-needed school supplies for the new year. In Chicago, “The Steve Wilkos Show” is visiting a homeless shelter to handout blankets, toys and food, and then its on to Nashville where Wilkos and team will be stopping at a rescue mission with a very special musical guest from Wind-up Records who will perform for the families. At the start of the new year, "The Steve Wilkos Show" will bring its efforts to Tampa and also visit a shelter for homeless veterans in Boston, a middle school in Baltimore and a soup kitchen in Hartford. Additional information along with photos and videos from each event can be found on www.SteveWilkos.com. Special thanks to our friends and supporters who have helped make this possible! American Jewelry and Loan of Detroit (http://www.americanjewelryonline.com), House of Blues in Chicago, Staples, and Eleven City Diner of Chicago (http://www.elevencitydiner.com ) Prior to his work in television, Wilkos, a native of Chicago, served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps before joining the Chicago Police Department. For almost 12 years, he kept the streets of Chicago’s volatile 14th District (Shakespeare) safe. Wilkos retired from the police force in 2001 and now devotes himself full time to his family and his new show. "The Steve Wilkos Show" is taped in front of a live studio audience at WMAQ-TV Chicago. Richard Dominick, who is the executive producer of “The Jerry Springer Show” and “The Springer Hustle” on VH1, also serves as executive producer on "The Steve Wilkos Show." The show is distributed in national syndication by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.