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Meteorologists from the National Weather Service have determined that at least 16 tornados hit Illinois and Northwest Indiana last Sunday, the largest of which ravaged the town of Washington near Peoria.
On Thursday and Friday morning, the Cubs will be doing their part to help the storm’s victims. Thursday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday from 8-11 a.m., people can drop off donated items at Wrigley Field’s Purple Lot on Clark Street just west of the stadium. These items will be loaded onto a truck, and a small group of Cubs volunteers will personally drive them to Peoria Friday afternoon. The organization is working with Heroes Memorial Foundation to ensure the donations reach people in need.
Below is a list of items the Red Cross has specifically requested for donation.
Items Most Needed:
- Tote bags
- Plastic trash cans
- Plastic storage bins
Other Items Needed:
- Non-perishable food items (granola bars, canned food items, etc)
- Bottled water
- Large garbage bags
- Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc)
- Baby formula
- Manual can openers
- Duct tape
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Female hygiene products
- School supplies – new or used backpacks, crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, binders, etc.
(From left) Felix Velez, Golzar Shoberiri, Nikolaus Goecke, Virginia Garcia-Rico and Klaudia Dziewulski all received scholarships courtesy of the Cubs Scholars Program. (Photo by Dave Durochik)
No matter how hard a team’s front office works, it’s almost impossible to make an immediate impact on the field. But the Cubs are still managing to make a big impact off the field for students in the Chicago area.
In 2013, the organization introduced the Cubs Scholars Program, which is designed to assist Chicago high school students by offering quality scholarships and financial assistance. On July 9, an exceptional group of five incoming seniors from schools around Chicago were chosen as the inaugural class. These students will each receive a four-year college scholarship worth $5,000 per year upon their enrollment in a four-year college or university.
“A college diploma is one of the best predictors of success in our country,” said Laura Ricketts, a member of the Cubs board of directors. “Educating the next generation of achievers is essential for our nation’s growth and advancement.”
The inaugural class consists of Klaudia Dziewulski of Whitney Young, Virginia Garcia-Rico of Lake View, Nikolaus Goecke of Northside Prep, Golzar Shoberiri of CICS-Northtown and Felix Velez of Noble Street Charter-Pritzker. The students were selected based on their academic achievement, community participation, financial need, leadership potential and demonstrated ability to be a team player.
In addition to the scholarship, the students will partner with a Cubs associate, who will act as a mentor throughout their senior years and during their transitions into college. This mentoring program, called Cubs College Prep, offers an educational, motivational and social experience with events like career days, motivational seminars, and social gatherings such as Cubs games and on-field recognition ceremonies.
“Chicago Cubs Charities, through the Cubs Scholars Program, seeks to cultivate the next generation of All-Stars,” Ricketts said. “Those who will be the future business leaders, doctors, scientists, and maybe even baseball executives or owners.”