Loved this. I was going to write a story about it, but I probably couldn't do better than the press release I was sent. Here's a great example of being Successful In Chicago.
NEEDY FAMILIES TO GET CHRISTMAS BLESSING
Lincoln Park Restaurant to Serve Free Christmas Dinner to Public Housing Residents
Residents of the last remaining public housing project on Chicago's north side, the Lathrop Homes, face monumental struggles almost every day, from where to find food for the day to fear of their impending eviction. Christmas Eve will not be one of those days. All residents of the Lathrop Homes and other less fortunate individuals will be served a free holiday dinner at El's Kitchen, a small, private Lincoln Park restaurant at 1450 W. Webster Ave. (across from Webster Place Theater).
The free dinner will be served from 1-5 p.m. on December 24th.
The restaurant's sole owner, female entrepreneur Ellen Haran, struggles daily to keep her small business afloat, but she knows that struggle is mild compared to what some people go through just to put food on the table. She also knows her restaurant has benefited a great deal thanks to the support of the community and is eager to give back.
“It's unfortunate that many people, even right around Lincoln Park, are often unable to afford to eat or enjoy any of the other simple things we take for granted. I wish we could do more, but, at the very least, we can make sure they have a good meal on Christmas,” said Haran.
Haran is hoping her generosity will inspire others as well, and is asking other local business owners, and neighbors to contribute, and help provide a great Christmas to those in need. Food and clothing are always appreciated, but why not gift cards, movie tickets, books, or even dental exams? Any contribution would be welcome.
Haran also invites everyone to take part in the “Buy 1, Give 1” promotion that will be running all month – for every signature house-smoked brisket or fried chicken dinner you enjoy, El's Kitchen will make another to be given to someone in need on Christmas Eve. Visit the restaurant website, www.elskitch.com, to see a running tally on how many dinners will be given. The 1 ½-year-old restaurant is known for its house-smoked BBQ and fried chicken (which many consider to be the best in Chicago), as well as its impressive rock 'n' roll-themed décor and friendly atmosphere.
If you know someone who could benefit from a free Christmas dinner, or you would like to donate or volunteer, please contact Mike Mora at 773-531-2916.