CPS Student to Hold Toy Drive for Children of Disaster Victims on Black Friday
Chicago--While most students are looking forward to a Christmas vacation, 10-year-old Samuel Love will be holding a toy drive for children who were victims of the Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado flood and tornadoes, on Black Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his grandmothers restaurant, Josephine’s Cooking, 436 E. 79th Street.
Love, a fourth grader at the Beasley Academy Center, 5255 South State Street, is holding his second annual toy drive for children who are victims of natural disasters. Last year, Love made national news when he held a successful toy drive for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
On Black Friday, Love will be welcoming those who bring unwrapped toys and/or a gift cards to Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant (formerly called Captain Hardtimes) and for their kindness, his grandmother will be serving a free bowl of her famous soup.
Young Love’s goal is to raise 2000 toys or gift cards for the children of Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado whose lives were turned upside down due to the floods and tornadoes. They lost everything, but Love wants to bring them holiday cheers with bags of gifts and toys he is hoping to raise during his second annual toy drive.
On Friday, December 6, 2013, Love will be taking 1,000 toys to Lyons, Colorado and another 1,000 toys on Saturday, December 14, 2013, to Little Axe, OK which suffered the greatest devastation.
His father, Victor Love, is so proud of his son. “We got great support from the community bringing in gift cards and toys. It feels good to see the support the city of Chicago like MJ Holding Company, McDonald’s, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Pastor Keith Williams; Beasley School which will begin its toy drive on Monday, December 2nd.
“My son is committed to showing this kind of love and compassion every year for families affected by natural disasters. He has pledged to support these families at Christmas time,” said Mr. Love.
Contact: Victor Love