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DREAMS FOR KIDS, the movement nobody can stop!

On a December evening, only a few weeks ago, I found out Chicago 4 Community had a new follower on Twitter. As always, I checked the person’s profile: “Tom Tuohy, founder and CEO of DreamsForKids, a global youth empowerment organization, attorney, author, social entrepreneur.” Hadn’t I read some article about this guy – a successful lawyer in a luxurious office in downtown Chicago – who had also dedicated his own life and energy to saving thousands of kids from the street? Wasn’t his motto something about “replacing charity with opportunity… teaching at-risk kids real social entrepreneurial skills?” I immediately went to the website and… yes, it was him! I sent Tom a Twitter message right away and invited Dreams for Kids to be featured in Chicago 4 Community! A week later I was video documenting Dreams for Kids’ annual biggest event: Holiday for Hope! As soon as I arrived at the Chicago Park District’s Broadway Armory, I was catapulted into a different dimension: the atmosphere was so festive; the people looked so involved and excited; and lots of kids were running everywhere and wearing stunning face painting. Magic transpired and I felt at home. I felt as if this huge community had been waiting to welcome me. I would find out only later on that this community was made of people who were all coming from different paths of life, different shelters all over Illinois. I spent a very intense couple of hours with Dreams for Kids community at Holiday for Hope 2012. Watch this unmissable video below.

Stay tuned! ‘Dreams for Kids’ is not only an outstanding organization…. more on the next post!

To be involved in Dreams for Kids as Dream Leader, Volunteer or Donor: www.dreamsforkids.org

Video and post by Clara Tomaz

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8 comments on “DREAMS FOR KIDS, the movement nobody can stop!

  1. gianluca
    February 4, 2013

    Fantastic! keep up the good work. Really inspirational.

  2. Lucio e Ilde
    February 4, 2013

    Molto bello, coinvolgente e divertente….un ottimo lavoro.

    • chicago4community
      February 12, 2013

      Grazie! Siete davvero grandi!! Spero di avere un vostro commento per ogni video nuovo!!!!

  3. Laura Tiebert
    February 4, 2013

    What gorgeous face painting, and inspiring too. I can feel how festive the atmosphere was!

    • chicago4community
      February 12, 2013

      Thank you, Laura, for your nice comment! I was really amazed at the quality of that face painting: never saw anything like that before!!

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  5. recipestories
    February 12, 2013

    yes, “giving kids an opportunity to be the solution!” Thank You chicago4community for this inspiring story.

    • chicago4community
      February 12, 2013

      Thank you, Ellie Markovitch, I know you BELIEVE in this statement.. and you are working hard in first person to make it true for your local youth!! Keep up with the great job in Upstate NY!!!

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