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Give “Tue” Little City for Giving Tuesday raises more than $43,000

Shawn and Danny
Little City’s Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers and Jersey Mike’s employee Danny strike a pose on Giving Tuesday during the “dine and donate” event. Danny is a participant of Little City’s Countryside Center.

Giving Tuesday was a super Tuesday for Little City this year as supporters and donors came together to make it the most successful campaign in the three years Little City has participated in the global day of giving.

Donors raised more than $26,000 on Nov. 28 – a significant increase from last year’s Giving Tuesday. But that was only part of a record $43,200 Little City raised with the help of The Coleman Foundation and community partners.

The incredible generosity of donors was once again matched by The Coleman Foundation, helping Little City reach the impressive Giving Tuesday number. The Coleman Foundation also gave Little City an opportunity to participate in an early giving window from Nov. 1 – 3, which resulted in more than $3,000 raised toward the total.

Money raised from Giving Tuesday will help all programs at Little City maintain their high standards and open more opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

Giving Tuesday volunteers making holiday wreaths for Little City’s residential homes.

“It is humbling to see how many people in the community choose to give to Little City during a time where there are so many worthy places to give to,” said Shawn Jeffers, executive director at Little City. “People with developmental disabilities remain one of the most vulnerable and overlooked groups in society and we are proud people in our community have done so much to rally around and support people with developmental disabilities.”

Little City was widely embraced by the community during Giving Tuesday as well. Jersey Mike’s in Palatine generously made Giving Tuesday a “dine and donate” day, committing a portion of all sales on that day to Little City. Companies including Motorola and Cadence also played a big part in Giving Tuesday by matching donations made by their employees.

But Little City runs on more than just the generous financial gifts of its supporters. Volunteerism is a huge part of making Little City a great place for people with developmental disabilities and that tradition continued on Giving Tuesday. Twenty volunteers came out to the Little City campus and used 10 pounds of rice to make sock snowmen, created 20 wreaths, made 200 ornaments and painted an additional 100 ornaments.

Without those volunteers, Little City would not have the festive holiday feel this winter.

Little City is deeply grateful to everyone who made Giving Tuesday a huge success. Thank you for the support you give Little City all year round.

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"There are so many capable and caring staff at Little City, past and present, who have helped Clifford. He has made a lot of progress in mastering his behavior."

Colleen, Mother of a child living in a ChildBridge Group Home