In her own words –
“2020 has been the most challenging year for the world that I have lived in for my entire 22 years. My whole life all I have wanted to help people and this new challenging world is helping me do that.
When COVID first came to the US I was laid off from my job because it was a health hazard at the McCormick place. All events were being cancelled so there was no reason to work. As everything became closed for quarantine I helped my friend and watched her 3 kids because there was no access to daycare.
When the looting in Chicago happened I saw Facebook posts from my friends and their families about how people looted the baby formula and diapers. I was outraged but fortunate to have extra supplies at home due to my daycare. So me, my friends , and my family packed a suitcase with formula and diapers, washed and wrapped fruit to put in a basket, and packed up the kids and went on the main street next to my house and gave out as many supplies as we could before the curfew started.
After that, I began asking for donations and tweeting places I was going and people started donating items for me to give out. Black Lives Matters Chicago offered to do weekly drop offs if I wanted to continue doing mutual aid and ever since then the Love Train has kept moving.
I have been to over 15 neighborhoods in Chicago and made over 30 stops since June 1st. I will continue to do more stops and keep this going for as long as I can. I show Chicago love for all my friends I have lost to gun violence and other injustices in Chicago. The love they showed me motivates me to love Chicago.”
People all over the world
Start a love train, love train – The O’Jays
Participants in this project will be supporting the efforts of Dress for Success Worldwide – Central. We are all stronger together and it is my sincere hope that we will be inspired by each other’s stories. Now is the time to celebrate as well as encourage one another. Tell your story!