Chicago teenager delivers ‘blessing bags’ to homeless people on Tuesday I Give

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A local teenager mobilized for Giving Tuesday in a big way.

It’s not hard to find stories about 14-year-old Jahkil Jackson. This is because since he was 8 he has had a non-profit organization that helps the homeless.

“Giving on Tuesday isn’t just about giving things, it can also be about giving your time to someone,” Jackson said. “It could be saying hello to a random person on the street.”

For Giving Tuesday, the 14-year-old high school freshmen took over the old Target on 85th and Cottage Grove in the Chatham neighborhood. His organization “Project I Am” planned to fill 5,000 blessing bags filled with toiletries for the homeless that will be distributed throughout Chicagoland.

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Jackson, however, was not doing it alone. He has taken on his mission across the world, with several hundred children joining him on Zoom to give back.

“This is my fourth time attending Giving Tuesday. Today we’re going to have 228 kids from 55 cities. And even a few kids in London and India are joining, so it’s over,” Jackson said.

The event kicked off at 6 p.m. Tuesday night and was sponsored by Nike, Discover, State Farm, and many other brands.

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