My Block, My Hood, My City Hosts Holiday Event, Saturday Dec. 2

In its 6th year running, My Block My Hood My City is hosting the ”Be A Part Of The Light” initiative, a program launched to inspire hope and lift spirits during the holiday season by beautifying the historic Martin Luther King Boulevard.

My Block My Hood My City is inviting folks to come out for volunteer holiday lighting on Dec. 2 and to support this initiative with donations.

“We look down King Drive now, and we see a lot of helicopter lights, police lights, a lot of blue lights flashing and shot spotter technology on the poles, there’s more technology on the light poles than there are in the classrooms. That’s not inspirational. I wanted to do something simple and reduce the blight by hanging up some lights.”

The volunteer event will kick off at 10 a.m. at 8330 S King Drive. Bins loaded with lights, lawn ornaments and decorations will be ready for volunteer pick up.

Volunteers will receive addresses of residents who live on MLK BLVD who signed up their house to be decorated. My Block My Hood My City has a goal to light up over 500 homes on MLK drive and need volunteer support!

The volunteer portion of the day will be followed by a Community Celebration open to the community. The celebration will feature a toy drive, Santa, hot cocoa, holiday snacks and live music. The event will begin at 3:00pm and close with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30pm. We welcome the Chicago community to this prestigious event!

My Block, My Hood, My City, My Block, My Hood. My City encourages the Chicago community to donate towards this effort, purchase holiday lighting supplies off its wishlist, and come out to volunteer. Those interested in supporting “Be A Part of Light” can find more information at Inquiries regarding youth participation can be shared with Find out more at

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