NABJ-Chicago Delivers Toys Collected at #RedHotHolidayParty to Foster Care Kids

(Chicago, IL) — NABJ-Chicago extends a great big thanks to our members and supporters who donated toys for needy children at the 2017 #RedHotHolidayParty: A Toy Drive and Scholarship Fundraiser.

The toys were collected at the Dec. 7 event held at Pazzo’s South Loop, which drew a packed house of TV, radio and newspaper journalists, community and civic leaders, and other community stakeholders.

The new unwrapped toys brought by attendees were then delivered to Envision, Unlimited, a Chicago nonprofit providing foster care, autism and community integration programs for disabled children and adults, 92 percent of whom are low-income.

NABJCC’s collection went to disabled children in the foster care system served by the organization, which was also recipient of NABJCC’s 2016 toy drive.

“Many thanks to you and your colleagues for once again gathering toys for our special needs foster children.. The Envision Foster Care holiday party is scheduled to take place December 16th and organizers are thrilled to have your toys to share with the children at that time,” said Envision Development Manager

Marty Mosby Kenahan.

Thanks again for all the wonderful toys you gathered for our foster children. They will have a brighter Christmas thanks to NABJCC!

It’s the 10th year that NABJCC has ensured needy and disabled children in foster care and group homes served by Chicago community organizations have toys. Prior toy drives have benefitted foster care children served by Habilitative Systems, Inc. and homeless children served by Clara’s House.

Envision Board Member and Volunteer Sarah Rassey wrote in a nice letter: “Marty gave me a brief history of NABJCC’s involvement at Envision Unlimited, and I THANK YOU for your time and generosity over the past two years in collecting holiday toys on our behalf!! The kids will treasure them!!”

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