Theresa Davis Leads Toy Drive Effort at Fairrington


This is year number eight for Fairrington’s participation in gathering toys for the Olive Branch Mission’s Lamplight II Shelter holiday drive. The Lamplight programs provide overnight shelter and interim housing for single women, mothers with children and intact families; providing meals, clothing, housing applications, job service, personal development classes and other support services. The Lamplight II Shelter is part of Chicago’s Olive Branch Mission. Olive Branch Mission is not only the oldest Rescue mission in the City of Chicago, it is also the oldest in the United States. The earliest beginnings of the mission date back to 1867. The Olive Branch newspaper “The Olive Branch” is in its 120th year of publication making it the second oldest continuously published news publication in Chicago after the Chicago Tribune. Olive Branch Mission is in the business of human development, providing opportunity for recovery, restoration, reinstatement and re-entry unto productive life.

Each year, Fairrington’s Theresa Davis gathers a list of children’s request from the mission and coordinates the collection of gifts across departments. The first year Theresa went out on a limb, uncertain of employee response. She was prepared to take on the full list of children so none would be disappointed if her coworkers did not participate, but the response was overwhelming. Theresa shared that “employee response continues to be tremendous, even to the point that we run out of children on the donation list; with many employees contributing far more than the requested toy.”

Every child deserves a toy and the smile that results keeps Theresa bringing in the list each year.

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