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Anti-Crime Organization’s donation of food baskets will feed families from Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, churches and social service agencies

CHICAGO, IL – Black on Black Love will make Thanksgiving more joyful for more than 400 needy families when it donates food baskets of turkey, dressing, canned goods and more during its Annual Holiday Food Give- A-Way.

This mission of love, now in its 17th year, will be held in the Great Hall of the new Kennedy King College at 63rd and Halsted on Tuesday, November 26  from 9AM to 1PM.

In making the announcement, Frances Wright, CEO of Black on Black Love declared, “Making the basket giveaways even more festive is that they are being given in Black on Black Love’s spirit of compassion that has made this one of Chicago’s most anticipated holiday celebrations.”

Recipients of the Thanksgiving food blessings come from some of Chicago’s most impoverished and crime-plagued communities as well as from area churches, schools and community-based organizations.  Among the beneficiaries will be those throughout the city of Chicago who have been identified by various churches and community organizations.   Others who will receive these “love baskets” include Resurrection Lutheran Church, Kennedy-King College students, New Zion Ministries Missionary Group, My Sister’s Keeper, Godfather Male Mentoring Program and King of Glory Church.

The food blessings consist of a scrumptious full-course Thanksgiving feast including a 10-12 pound turkey, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, canned sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, one dozen eggs, dinner rolls, bread and an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables. The sumptuous food blessings all add up to make up a well-balanced holiday meal to feed a family of six.

Presiding over the event will be Frances Wright, who will be joined by the emcee of the event, Mrs. Henrietta Leak of Leak & Sons Funeral Homes, who will help distribute the basket/blessings.

As part of the festivities, CEO Wright will host a special ceremony that will feature performances by the Black on Black Love Inspirational Choir and words of love from Park Manor Church, Pastor Jimmy Allen Thomas-New Zion Ministries and Pastor Quentin Forrest-Anointed Word Praise Ministry.

Making the event possible are the following generous and compassionate sponsor/friends, which support Black on Black Love’s mission of love:

Black United Fund of Illinois

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

Kenwood Liquors

King of Glory Church


Leak & Sons Funeral Homes

Resurrection Lutheran Church

Aldi Foods

Meijer Foods

Terri Gardner

Ms. Felicia Browne

Mrs. Marguerite Compton

Gwen Duncan James

Seaway Bank & Trust

SCR Medical Transportation

REO Movers

Visionary Friends

Akers Packaging Service Group

CEO Wright explained that the holiday basket give- a-way is one of many initiatives sponsored by Black on Black Love, which is dedicated to spreading the message of increasing the peace and ceasing the violence through love, respect and self-discipline. Under its banner is the program My Sister’s Keeper, whose mission is to transition formerly incarcerated females back into society in a productive way. The agencies’ overall mission is to uplift the less fortunate and give hope to those seeking a better way, including those who have been incarcerated.

Black on Black Love is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization founded in 1983 by Mr. Edward G. Gardner, former CEO of Soft Sheen Products, Inc. Frances Wright is the CEO and Spencer Leak, Sr., of Leak & Sons Funeral Home, is Board Chairman.

For more information please call (773) 978-0868; e-mail the agency at info@bobl.org or Visit their website at http://www.bobl.org.

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