Nov. 22, 2011
WFF Coat and Toy Drive strikes out winter chill
Items to be collected for Von Humboldt Elementary students
Baseball season may be over, but one Chicago athlete is keeping busy with an upcoming charity drive for the holiday season. Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, are raising awareness for Chicago families in need by hosting a coat/toy drive on behalf of the Wood Family Foundation (WFF).
In partnership with The Salvation Army, the WFF will participate in two major drives. One will provide coats and toys for the students of Von Humboldt Elementary -- located at 2620 West Hirsch St. -- a Chicago Public School in Humboldt Park where the student population is 100 percent low income. The WFF and its volunteers will transform the gymnasium into a "Winter Wonderland," and Kerry and Sarah will distribute gifts to each student on Wednesday, December 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Through Dec. 16th, companies interested in participating may contact the WFF via www.WoodFamilyFoundation.org or by calling (312) 924-9234 to receive student wish lists and organize a pick-up or drop-off for items donated.
Additionally, the WFF is teaming up with NBC-5 and Telemundo for their annual coat drive they have each year on the plaza. The Salvation Army will assist in gathering coat donations on Wednesday, December 21, at Studio 5 (401 N. Michigan Ave.) from 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Kerry and Sarah on hand early in the morning to greet donors dropping off new or used coats.
"We are thrilled to be teaming up with the Von Humboldt Elementary School to help support their students during the holidays with warm coats and toys, and to work with all these great organizations who are working to help Chicago's kids and families. We hope this inspires others to give during this holiday season," said Wood.
In support of the WFF, Fashion Delivers™ Charitable Foundation, Inc. made the first donation of 160 coats for the Von Humboldt students and general coat drive for families in need. "We are very grateful that Fashion Delivers was inspired by our mission and we hope that other companies will also be able make donations this holiday season," said Sarah, Executive Director of the Wood Family Foundation.
The Wood Family Foundation (WFF) is a non-profit organization that was founded in June 2011 by Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for children's charities and the causes they support. The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission of giving children the resources they need to succeed.
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in God's name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Fashion Delivers™ Charitable Foundation
The Heart of the Industry. Fashion Delivers™ battles the effects of poverty and natural disasters by supporting hundreds of community-based social service agencies throughout the U.S. and around the world. Having distributed over $100 million of men's and women's clothing and home furnishings since its inception in 2005, Fashion Delivers™ works tirelessly with agency partners worldwide to determine what types of products are needed most and where, then turns to the fashion community to help secure this merchandise.