CHATHAM — Fifteen-year-old activist Jahkil Jackson is leading a Giving Tuesday effort to distribute more than 10,000 bags of essential supplies to unhoused people across 60 cities, including his home town of Chicago.
The distribution will be led by 425 youth volunteers nationwide. The Chicago giveaway kicks off at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Discover Shine Bright Community Center, 8560 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Jackson’s “Blessing Bags” project began with distributing supplies to Chicagoans experiencing homelessness and has since grown to raise more than $400,000 and help 90,000 people in need nationwide, according to a news release. The Chicago native founded his organization, Project I Am, when he was 8 years old.
Beyond Giving Tuesday, the organization is aiming to assemble and distribute a total of 20,000 bags before the end of the year. Residents can contact email@example.com to contribute supplies or donate directly to Project I Am through its GoFundMe. Each bag costs about $10 to produce.
Here is a full list of supplies included in each bag:
- Mini bottled water
- Granola bar or trail mix
- Pocket tissues
- Face towel
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Travel size first aid kit
- Travel size hand sanitizer
- Travel size Vaseline
- Travel size lotion
- Travel size shampoo and conditioner
The Tuesday event will also virtually connect volunteers from states including Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia and California, alongside celebrity guests Anais and Mirabelle Lee of Netflix’s “The Baby Sitter’s Club” and Jordyn Curet of ABC’s “Home Economics.” In 2017, former President Barack Obama recognized Jackson in a Twitter thread of stories highlighting “what’s best about America.”
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