On Thursday, July 25, 2013, Acts of Love will kick off its 2nd “Love Young People” Tour that distributes books to young people in need. In 2012 the tour visited 7 cities across the country, and distributed over 7,000 books to young people in the poor communities, and inspired over 1,200 adults to take a pledge to love young people in their home and community.
This year, the organizers have decided to focus on 10 communities in need, right here in Chicago. The 1st stop will be one of Chicago’s more troubled neighborhoods – Englewood.
Thursday at 6:30 pm at Hamilton Park located 513 W. 72nd St. (72nd & Stewart Ave.), Acts of Love along with local officials; volunteers from across the city, and Englewood residents will walk the streets to extend a hand and heart to young people. Together they will give away 1,000(+) books, distribute book bags filled with new books, build a reading room in a home, and ask adults in Englewood to take the Acts of Love Pledge to love young people in their homes and on their block.
“With all of the unrest here in Chicago, we were moved to concentrate our efforts at home this year, because home is where the heart is,” says William E. Hall, founder of Acts of Love and Chicago native. “Since making that decision, we have received overwhelming love and support, including a donation of 30,000 new books. It’s acts of love like that, which let us know we are doing the right thing.”
The full tour schedule is as follows:
July 25th – Englewood (Hamilton Park)
July 27th – Taste of WVON
July 28th – Garfield Park
August 1st – North Lawndale
August 9th – Humboldt Park
August 10th – Altgeld Gardens
August 11th – Roseland
August 12th – Washington Park
August 13th – Bronzeville
August 14th – Dearborn Homes
August 17th – Family Fun Fest
August 25th – Chicago Westside Music Festival