As I prepared to head out for our Outreach on Monday, it felt as if the temperatures were dropping. Accordingly, I went ahead and checked the weather forecast and noticed that it indicated a winter storm advisory, even though it didn’t seem like it was that cold outside. That said, as it got closer to evening, the temperatures had dropped below freezing and there were high winds. Fortunately, I was able to pick up some donations on my way.

When I got to the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, on the lower west side, I had noticed a lot of migrants staying at shelters in the area, and there were other Ministries doing outreach there as well. I, and many other volunteers set up tables, speakers, music; and brought food to serve the migrants. We were able to feed women and children, and once we were done, we distributed lots of clothes, coats, hats, gloves, boots, and much more. They were so grateful, you could see the joy on their faces. Prior to the Outreach, some children had no coats and were sitting in their strollers with only socks on in the cold weather. This was a fortunate opportunity for the coats to get into the hands of children needing them most.

In addition to providing everything we had, we were also able to give them a word of encouragement and instill hope into their lives. We even put some music on, sang a few songs. It was evident the music brought them joy. It was touching to see where there was sadness, we were able to bring joy in that moment.

The volunteers did an amazing job! Once again I want to thank all the donors, sponsors, partners, and other organizations for being a blessing to those least fortunate.

I also want to thank all participants, that partnered with Target and did the footwork to get the donations for the immigrants, which allowed us to give coats, hats, gloves, boots, and a few other miscellaneous items. The appreciation was clear from the smiles on the children’s faces as they received the gifts.

Again, a big Thank You to all who participated in this amazing effort!

World Changers International Inc.
Lisette Paez