Lightfoot Joins Volunteers With My Block, My Hood, My City To Pass Out Protective Equipment To Seniors

Mike Krauser
May 30, 2020 - 1:32 pm

(City video)

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A couple dozen volunteers, including Mayor Lightfoot and her wife, spent the morning at Washington Park, passing out kits containing PPE for seniors.

The "Senior Viral Response" event was organized by My Block, My Hood, My City, which has been active in helping vulnerable groups on the West and South Sides have the resources they need during the pandemic. But founder Jahmal Cole said his team is always working to help communities, not just during this health crisis.

They handed out 1,000 kits full of masks, hand sanitizer and masks, and some drivers also took kits to deliver to homes of seniors all over the city.

"If there was a snowstorm, you would see out hovering snow for seniors. If there was a heatwave, you might see us outside passing out fans to seniors," Cole told reporters and volunteers. "Obviously, during the coronavirus pandemic, we are just trying to do what we can and the best we can."

Lightfoot said the event showed the "true spirit of Chicago and said this is what true, public service is all about.

"What we can show the nation of who we are is by doing this kind of work every single day — reaching out, helping our neighbors," Lightfoot said.

Chicago Police Superindentent also joined the efforts, which saw a steady stream of cars until the event was over.