Holiday Party at Glow
EuroCircle Chicago is pleased to announce that we will be working with a new and very worthy charity- Direct Effect Charities. In the spirit of the season, we will be collecting donations of all kinds (monetary, clothing, gift cards, etc.) that will go directly to help needy school children in the Chicago area. To learn more about this organization, please go to www.directeffectcharities.org. and please read below:
*************Direct Effect Charities******************
We are a new organization, incorporated on Oct 1, 2002. We received notice from the IRS on 11-27-02 that our application has been approved and we are now a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization.
Thus far, we have personally funded the program. The directors are myself, Paul Fitzgerald, a real estate developer in Chicago and Lester Rosen, an attorney in Northbrook. I work full time on the charity and Paul and Lester remain in their current jobs.
The philosophy of our charity is to raise awareness as to the things the average person can do to help others. Sometimes I think people just need a spark and that can be contagious!
We had not planned on taking on a project as large as the Santa Letters but when we heard Jeff was unable to handle it, we couldn’t refuse.
In the midst of working on the project, we were distressed to learn that many children are coming to school without warm clothing, some without underwear and socks. We heard the same thing from school after school. We then saw for ourselves the situation of the classroom toys.
We contacted Arne Duncan and asked him to work with us to create a “kids closet” for these children. After some red tape dealing with the bureaucracy of the school board, we contacted Mayor Daley who apparently listened to us as we were contacted and are now working with the appropriate school board member. This information has been updated on our web site as of yesterday and will continue to be. We are hoping to have a location to house the clothing by the end of the week.
Once that happens, we are contracting a construction company to build clothing racks, storage bins, etc. We will be responsible for stocking it with all the necessary supplies, hangers, clothing tags, etc. Much of these items will be purchased from a store fixture display company at a discounted rate.
What we truly need first and foremost is funding. We hope to have enough to successfully complete the clothing warehouse by January 1. Several people have made donations thus far. We’ve been promised a story in the Tribune as well as the Sun-Times about the clothing/toy drive and we expect there to be a huge response. Many of the companies and individuals who are participating in the Santa program will be involved as well.
The items we are asking for that do not necessarily have to be new, just clean and in good condition are coats, hats, gloves, warm clothes, boots, blankets and educational toys. The new items are socks, underwear and twin size bed sheets. Gift cards would be very helpful to help fill the voids on items we find a greater need for. We have specifically listed Target on our web site as they have agreed to give us a discount and the cards can be used with our tax deductible status.
Cost of this event is $10 (you do not need to pre-register)