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My Block, My Hood, My City Needs Volunteers To Light Up King Drive Saturday

The nonprofit is inviting volunteers to decorate a 12-mile stretch of King Drive Saturday. A free concert and tree lighting ceremony will be broadcast virtually, too.

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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WASHINGTON PARK — My Block, My Hood, My City will keep the holiday spirit alive by launching its massive effort to light up King Drive Saturday.

Inviting people to “Be A Part Of The Light,” volunteers are needed 2-5 p.m. Saturday to decorate homes, buildings and light poles along Martin Luther King Drive on the South Side. Volunteers should meet in Washington Park, 5502 S. Russell Drive.

A free concert and tree lighting ceremony will be broadcast 4 p.m. with live performances from local artists, including Mariachi Estrella de Chicago, Aya Ito, Heather Jo and Alexis Lombre. Viewers can tune in virtually at formyblock.org.

Volunteers can sign up to help decorate King Drive on Saturday and Dec. 12 here.

The outdoor event is limited to small groups to allow for proper social distancing. Decorations will be retrieved using a contactless pickup system and volunteers must wear masks and gloves.

A lead volunteer in each group will drive through to pickup supplies to decorate homes.

Now in its third year, the effort to light up King Drive typically draws hundreds of volunteers. The work happens the first few Saturdays in December, usually completing the mission right before Christmas.

Last winter, volunteers decorated 475 street poles and 250 homes with holiday lights, bows, garland and other decorations on an 8-mile stretch of King Drive. This year, My Block, My Hood, My City founder Jahmal Cole set a goal of lighting 500 homes and more than 500 street poles on a 12-mile stretch of King Drive from 35th to 115th Street.

People can also donate lights and other supplies for decorating homes on King Drive via this Amazon wish list. The supplies will be delivered to My Block, My Hood, My City.

People can donate money to support the effort here.

Homeowners on King Drive between 35th and 115th St can sign up to have their homes decorated here.

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