NATION’S INFLATION CRISIS IS CRIPPLING POPULAR TOY DRIVE’S ABILITY TO FULFILL ITS MISSION OF DISTRIBUTING 25,000 TOYS
NATION’S INFLATION CRISIS IS CRIPPLING POPULAR TOY DRIVE’S ABILITY TO FULFILL ITS MISSION
OF DISTRIBUTING 25,000 TOYS
PASTOR TO APPEAL TO PUBLIC TO DONATE TOYS TO ENSURE
THAT NONE OF THE EXPECTED 4000 CHILDREN ARE LEFT BEHIND WITHOUT A TOY FOR CHRISTMAS
DONATIONS ARE GREATLY NEEDED THIS
YEAR DUE TO ECONOMIC INFLATION
OPERATION COVER CHICAGO” IN JEOPARDY OF NOT HOSTING IT’S ANNUAL TOY GIVEAWAY FOR THE 10TH YEAR IN A ROW
Thursday, December 8th, @ 10:00 AM (PRESS CONFERENCE)
Another Chance Church, 9550 S. Harvard, Chicago, Illinois
(URGENT PRESS CONFERENCE)
Pastor Kenyatta Smith- Pastor of the Another Chance Church of Chicago – is expressing his dire concern that the 10th Annual Operation Cover Chicago 25,000 Toy Drive may not happen due to rising inflation and carry over headaches from the recent pandemic. Just over 10,000 toys are still needed to reach the goal.
Though the nonprofit organization has been dedicated to the hearts of Chicagoans in filling in the gaps needed, this year it now finds itself in an urgent need for public support. As the economic inflation across America has increased nationwide, many families are in desperate need of tremendous support this holiday season. That effect is now being felt within Operation Cover Chicago in its mission to bring smiles to the faces of over 4000 kids that will line up outside their doors in two weeks.
The organization’s goal is to ensure every child has a gift under the tree this Christmas. Another Chance Church’s initiative to help meet the needs of residents comes at a critical time, as Pastor Smith is hoping they receive thousands more in donations. Operation Cover Chicago’s budget has been greatly challenged by the current economic crisis. Many of the toys it would normally purchase have increased in cost by as much as 70%.
“This holiday season is tremendously special for many people around the globe. Many Chicagoans have survived the pandemic, trail-blazed through COVID- 19, and remained strong despite economic hardship. This year we want to ensure we can meet the needs of people who have fought to survive and present them with a bit of relief this holiday season. Every year we aim to never disappoint anyone by making sure that over 4000 children have gifts for Christmas. says Pastor Smith.
Pastor Smith continues, “However 2022 has been very stressful on our budget. We have exceeded the amount we spent from the previous year. The rising price of toys has crippled our ability to reach the goal of 25,000 toys for the over 4000 kids we distribute annually. We are praying for an 11th hour Santa in the persons of Illinois residents and corporations to step up for the children.”
Bishop Larry D. Trotter of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church added, “For Pastor Smith and Operation Cover Chicago to continue with this act of service, they will need for generous people to dig deep and give to this 11th hour clarion call for help. Their goal as a nonprofit organization is to provide the necessary support that will bring an abundance of smiles to the faces of children at Christmas time. We need our community to make donations from across Illinois to continue that effort.”
Donations are being accepted online at https://gofund.me/454bf734 or via Cash App at $OCCHICAGO. Checks can be made payable to Another Chance Church, or donors can also text and give. Simply text OCC2022 to 44321.
Residents are encouraged to donate $35 for one child's gift, $175 for a family of (5), and $300 for a family of (10). For more information, contact Another Chance Church of Chicago’s Facebook page or call their offices at (773)-253-7474.
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