FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Rainbow PUSH Coalition to Launch Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive
As the flood waters and misery continue to rise in Houston, Texas and other cities and towns across the region devastated by Hurricane Harvey, theRainbow PUSH Coalition will launch a humanitarian relief drive Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. at PUSH national headquarters, 930 E. 50th Street, Chicago.
The coalition is asking for donations of store-bought items:
- New clothing (t-shirts, sweat pants, underwear, etc.)
- Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.)
- Non-perishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Baby supplies (diapers, unopened formula, bottles, etc.)
- Pet supplies (food, carriers/crates, leashes, bowls, etc.)
Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of Rainbow PUSH, 930 E. 50th Street, Chicago, from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Volunteers are needed to help sort, package and load the donations into the truck for the journey of hope and relief.
The coalition is asking volunteers to come to PUSH headquarters Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 11 A.M. to register, receive assignments and meet with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the coalition.
“This is a natural disaster of epic proportions,” Rev. Jackson said. “I hope that everybody will give what they are able to give. It’s all hands on deck. Keep hope alive.”
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.
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