South Side nonprofit needs your help to get young women’s winter boots for Christmas
CHATHAM – A South Side nonprofit that mentors girls in urban areas is raising funds to send them winter clothes and a care kit for Christmas.
The HOOD Angel sponsorship, created by Chez Smith, founder of Gyrls In The HOOD Foundation, will help 80 girls in the Chatham community secure a pair of winter boots for the snow season.
Girls will also receive holiday hood kits containing essential toiletries such as period supplies, soap, washcloths, shampoo and conditioner. Neighbors can include a letter of encouragement for each person they sponsor.
Smith hopes to receive $ 125 per “girl” and raise a total of $ 10,000. So far, donors have sponsored 40 young women. You can register to donate here.
Smith founded the Gyrls In The HOOD Foundation in 2017 after working with young women as the Family Clinic Administrator at Stroger Hospital. Her nonprofit organization – HOOD stands for Healthy, Upbeat, Outstanding, Determined – works to educate girls in urban areas about reproductive health.
Most of the girls who participated previously had “no idea their bodies,” Smith said.
Over the years, Smith’s work in the community has grown beyond the health program. In August, she provided free housing for two young women as part of her HOOD House program, which provides young women struggling with housing insecurity with a safe place to live.
With the HOOD Angel sponsorship, Smith hopes to help young women feel appreciated, warm and stylish this winter. The boots she buys include popular brands like UGG and Timberland.
“It’s important for teenage girls to know that they are being thought about and that the village cares about them,” Smith said. “There are a lot of community toy giveaways going on which is wonderful. However, we must not forget the adolescent girls.
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