15TH ANNUAL WGN MORNING NEWS DRIVE-THRU TOY DRIVE
RECORDS 37,000 TOYS GATHERED FOR KIDS IN NEED!
CHICAGO, December 8, 2017 – The WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive celebrated its 15th year, the first year benefiting SocialWorks Chicago, a youth empowerment charity brought to you by Chance The Rapper. This five-hour event featured Santa, holiday fun, and an appearance by Chance. Viewers and companies drove through to drop off a record 37,000 toys for needy kids. Photos and videos of today’s fun can be found at wgntv.com/toydrive.
All toys will be donated to Chance The Rapper’s nonprofit SocialWorks, a 501c3 charity, and will be dispersed to Chicagoland children and families in need. The following events and charities will be giving out toys from the WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive via SocialWorks:
- SocialWorks Night at the Museum
- The Chicago Park District
- Provident Hospital
- Christmas in the Wards
- One Hope United
SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago. The charity’s framework for interactive spaces and experiences aims to nurture local talent and open new doors, much like what their founder Chance The Rapper has done in the music industry. Leveraging a combination of grassroots marketing while staying true to his vision, Chance became the first streaming artist to be nominated for and win a Grammy. Together, SocialWorks and friends hope to move forward with the same spirit of innovation, bringing the city and its youth together.
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