Brenden Sheedy could hardly make his way through the halls at Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School as he collected donations for Almost Home, a local non profit that helps the homeless in the area.
“It feels good to know so many kids are supporting me and want to help out,” Sheedy said.
The idea to raise funds during the school day came about through a Global Studies assignment entitled “What is one problem we face, and how can you fix it?” For Brenden, that issue was hunger.
“I just thought about how easy it is for me to get food and how I never go hungry and realized that isn’t the case for every kid so I wanted to make it easier for them,” he said.
Brenden turned his idea into reality, taking donations during passing periods and lunch to raise money for Chick-fil-A gift cards to donate to Almost Home.
To make the good cause even more fun for students, grade levels were pitted against each other to see who could raise the most money in a week. In the end, the eighth graders came out on top raising the most for the non profit. Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School as a whole was able to donate $500 in Chick-fil-A gift cards to Almost Home and an additional $500 in cash for the organization do pay for other needs.
Sarah Galvan, of Almost Home, was invited to speak at Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School during this past school week. afternoon.
Galvan and Almost Home issued a “BIG THANKS” to all of the students that participated along with their families and the school staff. Chick-Fil-A was also generous enough to give the entire 8th grade (the Penny Wars winners) a voucher for a free meal.
According to its own Facebook Page, Almost Home is a Not For Profit organization dedicated to helping the poor, needy, homeless and broken. More specifically, the organization helps single mothers, victims of domestic violence, those living on the streets and families who are experiencing true financial hardship.
Almost Home hopes to open a second-hand store that will have a multitude of uses including employing those who are experiencing long-term unemployment. The store would have store food, toiletry items for emergency use and be the organization’s main operating site.
Almost Home is trying to secure the funds for the store by holding numerous fundraising events over the course of the next year. If you would like to help visit the organization’s Facebook Page and share it with your friends. You can also visit the organization’s website at www.almosthomechicago.org