FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 21, 2019
Rev. Jackson, Bahamian officials to send off truckload of care packages for victims of Hurricane Dorian
Chicago: The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is holding a 12 noon press conference Monday, November 25, 2019, at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., before sending off a truckload of care packages for the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
Rev. Jackson will be joined by Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul of Chicago, and volunteers who have helped to collect and coordinate the relief efforts.
Five pallets of bottled water were collected along with 15 pallets of assorted personal hygiene items with the help of the following site coordinators: Life Center Church, 5500 S. Indiana Ave Chicago, IL, Thomas Lenoir, Site Coordinator, Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central Avenue Chicago, IL, Mrs. Marnie Robinson, Village of Richton Park, 4455 Sauk Trail, Richton Park, IL; Mrs. Geneen Robinson-Smith and Unity Partnership, Stratford Square Mall, 152 Stratford Square Bloomingdale, IL, Ms. Regina Brent.
The Lendlease Corp. is coordinating the shipping of the truck, which is headed for Florida with the Bahamas as its final destination.
Last month, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition held a “Weekend of Giving” campaign for the #BahamiansForward movement launched to provide relief for thousands of Bahamians who have been left homeless.
“This truckload of care packages is proof that the Bahamians who suffered the wrath of Hurricane Dorian are not alone,” said Rev. Jackson. “This campaign has been an act of love.”
Mr. Fountain said, “The impact of citizens in Chicago and the Midwest jurisdiction who generously contributed to the ‘BahamasForward, Weekend of Giving,’ will be felt by Bahamians who survived Hurricane Dorian and for that I am immensely grateful.
“As holiday preparations are being made, we will continue our work to support ongoing relief efforts which will extend far into the New Year and the foreseeable future,” Fountain said.
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.