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Here’s How You Can Help My Block, My Hood, My City Light Up King Drive This Holiday Season

My Block, My Hood, My City aims to light up 500 homes and more than 500 street poles along 12 miles of King Drive this year.

Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, decorates one out of dozens of street lights along King Drive in 2018.
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CHICAGO — My Block, My Hood, My City hopes to light up 12 miles of Martin Luther King Drive this holiday season.

The organization has started collecting donations for its hugely popular Be A Part of the Light campaign. The group started the project in 2018 by asking people to donate so volunteers could decorate homes and light poles along King Drive in a bid to make it shine as bright as the Mag Mile.

This year, the group is building on its goal and wants to light up more than 12 miles of the street, according to an emailed newsletter. My Block, My Hood, My City aims to light up 500 homes and more than 500 street poles.

People can donate money or supplies to the initiative online.

During the first three Saturday of December, volunteers will put up lights, garland, ornaments and other decorations along street poles and at homes of people who might not otherwise be able to afford holiday decorations. The events will include music, doughnuts, coffee and hot cocoa.

Those interested in signing up their home for the lights must live on King Drive between 35th and 115th streets. They’ll be able to keep the decorations at the end of the season. They can request decorations online.

My Block, My Hood, My City also provides a $25 subsidy for those homeowners’ electrical bills so they can afford to keep on the holiday lights.

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