I have so much to be thankful for, and I hope the same is true for you and your families. The mission of Advocates for Adolescent Mothers was birthed from my experiences as a teen mother. There were a few holiday seasons that
my son and I were homeless, as I made the sacrifices necessary to provide a better quality of living for him: One not characterized
by poverty. It was only due to the generosity of individuals and charitable organizations that I was able to offer my son gifts at Christmas during those times.
For me, as with most mothers, it was important to provide my child a memorable experience at Christmas: What child doesn’t look forward to opening a gift on Christmas morning? Every child deserves at least one tangible gift on Christmas. This belief has resulted in AFAM’s Holiday Drive program. Last year we collected toys for 50 children of homeless young mothers, who were participants at The Night Ministry and the Hull House Emerge program. This year we are on a mission to collect toys and coats/outerwear for 150 children of homeless young mothers, including participants at The Night Ministry and ChildServ, in addition to collecting coats/outerwear for the young mothers as well. AFAM’s Holiday Drive is so special to me: I know how it feels to be a homeless mother at Christmas, and many of these children would not receive a Christmas gift without this collection.
I hope that you will be able to support us as we venture to show love to homeless young mothers and their children this Christmas. Please read on for all the details regarding AFAM’s Holiday Drive program.
Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving filled with love, joy, peace, and delicious food 🙂
Lillian S. Harris
Founder and President
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers Holiday Drive 2012
You’re invited to join us in making a difference in the life of a homeless child this Christmas! We are collecting new toys and new/used outerwear for the children of homeless young mothers at The Night Ministry and ChildServ, as well as new/used outerwear for the mothers (Photos from last year pictured above.). We have 7 convenient collection sites in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, with collection continuing through 12/7. The Holiday Drive culminates with our Holiday Social on Friday, 12/7, at the elegant and sophisticated CityPoint Loft in the South Loop. We will distribute the gifts collected to the children and their mothers at a private Holiday Party the week following the Holiday Social.
We have 7 convenient collection sites in Chicago & surrounding suburbs!
Collection continues through December 7th!
HOLIDAY DRIVE LOCATIONS
TCF BANK LOCATIONS DURING BUSINESS HOURS:
29 E. MADISON, CHICAGO, IL
233 W. 87TH STREET, CHICAGO, IL
10350 S. PULASKI, OAKLAWN, IL
15650 S. 94TH AVENUE, ORLAND PARK, IL
800 N. HARLEM AVENUE, RIVER FOREST, IL
1415 W. NORTH AVENUE, MELROSE PARK, IL
1505 S. MICHIGAN
WED – SAT, 10 AM – 5 PM
*Donated toys must be new and unwrapped.
*Infant & toddler toys only.
*NO STUFFED ANIMALS.
*Coats & Outerwear must be new or clean and gently used.
*Coats & Outerwear for young women, infants, & toddlers only.
CELEBRATE WITH US AT THE HOLIDAY SOCIAL
ENJOY DRINKS, APPETIZERS, RAFFLES, NETWORKING, AND ENTERTAINMENT ALL WHILE CELEBRATING THE MISSION AND SUCCESS OF OUR HOLIDAY DRIVE PROGRAM!
THE TOYS AND OUTERWEAR COLLECTED AT OUR HOLIDAY DRIVE LOCATIONS, AND AT OUR HOLIDAY SOCIAL, WILL BE DONATED TO THE HOMELESS YOUTH PROGRAMS AT
THE NIGHT MINISTRY AND CHILDSERV.
THE NIGHT MINISTRY IS A CHICAGO BASED ORGANIZATION THAT OFFERS HOUSING, HEALTHCARE, AND HUMAN SERVICES TO CHICAGOANS STRUGGLING WITH POVERTY OR HOMELESSNESS. THE NIGHT MINISTRY’S OPEN DOOR PROGRAM IS THE ONLY SHELTER IN CHICAGO THAT PROVIDES HOUSING SERVICES TO PARENTING TEENS AS YOUNG AS 14.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RAPP PROGRAM HERE.
CHILDSERV IS A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED, MULTIDISCIPLINARY CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES NETWORK THAT REACHES AT-RISK ILLINOIS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FACING ADVERSITY, HELPING THEM TO BUILD, ACHIEVE, AND SUSTAIN BETTER LIVES. CHILDSERV REACHES 3,100 FAMILIES EACH YEAR. CHILDSERV PROVIDES HOUSING AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES TO HOMELESS YOUNG MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHILDSERV PROGRAMS HERE.
CASH BAR! EXCITING RAFFLES!
We are raffling a 4-Day Cruise for 2 to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, or Mexico!
Raffle tickets for the cruise are only $30 each!
There will also be a 50/50 Raffle!
Purchase 50/50 Raffle Tickets for your opportunity to win some extra holiday shopping cash!
$5 for 1 Ticket
$10 for 3 Tickets
$15 AND TOY (Advance Admission)
$20 AND TOY (At The Door)
ADVANCE ADMISSION PAYMENT ENDS ON THURSDAY 12/6/12 @ 11:55 PM.
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS OR TO DONATE!
PLEASE MAKE A MONETARY DONATION IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO DONATE A TOY OR ATTEND THE HOLIDAY SOCIAL. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.