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Bears Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski Joins Vic Mensa For Anti-Bait Truck Shoe Drive

After giving out 15,000 shoes during last summer's "anti-bait truck" event, Mensa and Kwiatkoski aim to pass out twice as many during monthly events being held from November to March.

Last summer, SaveMoneySaveLife gave out more than 15,000 shoes to kids in the Englewood community following in response to police's "bait trucks" in the neighborhood.
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CHICAGO — After giving thousands of shoes to Englewood residents as part of an “anti-bait truck” effort last summer, Chicago musician Vic Mensa is doing it again with the help of Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski.

Mensa’s nonprofit SaveMoneySaveLife foundation and Kwiatkoski announced they would be collecting shoes through the end of the month to distribute to children in underserved communities during monthly “Giving Events” across Chicago.

The pair will hold the “Giving Events” from November to March.

In an Instagram announcement, Mensa said the organization was able to give more than 15,000 pairs of shoes in the Englewood community last summer.

This year, Kwiatkoski said they aim to collect double the amount of shoes to help underserved communities across Chicago.

Organizers came up with the anti-bait truck idea after Norfolk Southern Railroad and the Chicago Police Department set up a “bait truck” with boxes of shoes in Englewood, then arrested people who tried to break into the truck.

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Videos of the bait truck operation went viral on social media and led to public outcry, with politicians and residents saying the truck created crime and questioning why resources were spent on the program in an area plagued by gun violence.

Those who wish to donate shoes can do so through an online Amazon Wishlist. The pair has set a GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of the monthly Giving Events.

Dates for the Giving Events have yet to be announced.

Credit: Vic Mensa/Facebook; Nick Kwiatkoski/Instagram
Vic Mensa, left, and Nick Kwiatkoski, right

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