Thank you to everyone who came out to support the One Block @ A Time initiative. Over 100 Chicagoans showed up to support our veterans. Like the saying, "Leave no soldier behind on the battlefield," we're not going to leave a veteran behind in Chicago. For everything you dd, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I commend folks from all over the city and the country who came out to lend a hand, and there were no easy tasks. John, the Executive Director of the RTW Veteran Center, needed large pieces of furniture removed from the second and third floors, among other tasks, such as mowing the lawn, spreading mulch, and installing fence posts. There was a lot of work to do, and I'm super proud we could help out.
People never cease to amaze me. I met two people from NYC who were on a weekend vacation and decided to spend part of it by helping us. Wow, that's commitment. I met a lady who was volunteering on her birthday. She explained this was the best way for her to feel alive and that she really wanted to be a part of this movement.
Once again, my team and I are humbled by your commitment to make a Chicago the place we all envision. The city reflects who we are, and we have a responsibility to what it is ... and what it can be.
Thank you again. Your acts of kindness and contribution to our city and veterans made a difference.