Our annual Intellectual Disability
(Tootsie Roll) Drive will be the
weekend of Sept. 21st, 22nd, and
23rd. Rain or shine, recession or prosperity, the
community demonstrates its concern for those who
need our help by tossing bills and coins into our cans.
Over the past 9 years the community contributed
over $400,000 during our annual drives. A small
portion of what is collected is used to purchase vests,
cans, and candy, as well as donated to Illinois State
Council to support group homes while the majority of
donations is distributed to local Christian institutions
and secular organizations that provide services to
those with intellectual disabilities.
This year we ask that each Knight to collect for a
minimum of 3 to 4 hours on any of our corners with
as many friends and family, (must be at least 18 to
collect on the street) as possible. We can never have
enough volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome to
help those who need our collective help. If you feel
your legs are not up to snuff dodging traffic, there are
plenty of Jewel Stores, Dunkin Donuts, etc. to collect
from or you could help out the corner captain passing
out Tootsie Rolls to street volunteers. On that note,
we are in great need for volunteers at one of our best
donation locations. If anyone would volunteer to
collect at the Rock Island, LaSalle St. Train Station, I
will personally reimburse their round-trip train fare.
We need volunteers at this train station Friday only
from 6:15 to 9:00 a.m. and especially need from
3:00 to 6:45 p.m.
Every member is expected to contribute to our I.D.
Drive in some way. Most will work on the corners.
Those members who, for one reason or another cannot
physically participate are strongly suggested to make
a minimum $75.00 donation to the Drive by mailing
your check to Fr. Perez I.D. Drive, P.O. Box 558195,
Chicago, Il, 60655. Some of you, in the past, have
been extremely generous and our appreciation goes
beyond the pale for your big-hearted and honorable
contribution to this very important worthy cause.
Those of you who are volunteering, please e-mail me at
email@example.com or cell at 312-493-4873.