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Giving Tuesday, Kwanzaa Marketplace, and Protecting Places of Worship

Salvation Army Kicks-Off Holiday Bell Ringing Season

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Salvation Army Giving Tuesday

This upcoming Tuesday (11/29) is Giving Tuesday, a global day of action dedicated to giving back to communities in need. This Giving Tuesday, the Salvation Army is looking to brighten the Christmas season for many through donations and several other events throughout the holiday season. Residents looking to spread the hope and joy of Christmas with families in need can make a donation on Giving Tuesday, either through those infamous red kettles or online. The Salvation Army will also be accepting donations of winter coats and goods for their food drives in their mission to bring love and light to everyone this holiday season.

Kwanza Marketplace

The Africa International House will be holding their annual in-person celebration of the weeklong holiday of Kwanzaa. The marketplace features festivities such as dancing, discussions, and goods for sale all centered around the holiday. The event is a celebration of the Kwanzaa principle Ujamaa—cooperative economics. Taking place this Friday and Saturday (December 2 and 3rd), residents can head to Harris Park to enjoy shopping, food, workshops, dancing, raffles, and more. Admission is free, and will feature performances by R&B and jazz singer Maggie Brown, saxophonist Al Smith, and OSA Productions Drum Village Drummers. For more information on the Kwanzaa Marketplace and the incredible work of the Africa International House, visit their website.

Church Safety

The rise of violent attacks on places of worship is a major concern for citizens looking to take comfort in their faith this holiday season. With fears of shootings, fights, and more spreading through Chicago, churches need to be proactive in taking measures to keep their members safe. This week on Chicago Speaks we’ll discuss what needs to be done to keep both churches and their communities protected.

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