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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — “This entire neighborhood is exclusive to all of us,” defined Leonard Chester.

Chester, a trainer at Dobbins Technological Massive School, has poured numerous hrs into having to pay forward all of the adore and day by day life lessons he gained as a toddler.

Greater than the years, he has seen every the constructive and detrimental sides of residing in West Philadelphia.

‘We get in contact with sixtieth Avenue, ‘The O,’ and what The O represents is a complete lot of hazard, hurt, gun violence and medicines,” he mentioned. “However I took The O and produced, ‘The Overcame Foundation.'”

He began out the mission in 2015 to assist ship for youth in the neighborhood by which he grew up. Between the sophisticated wishes of his group, he found their hardships bordering the climate and vacation seasons at some point of the wintertime.

That was part of the impetus behind arranging a toy and coat journey on the conclude of 2020. Now, a 12 months later, the partner and kids affair has come to be an once-a-year custom.

“We roughly lifted throughout, like, $10,000 this time,” he reported. “This can be a $7,000 soar from ultimate calendar 12 months.”

Mates, partner and kids, and space firms rallied to donate roughly 250 coats and 700 toys which incorporates gaming headphones and basketballs. Completely free haircuts and meals objects was additionally offered to guests.

The spot, Commodore John Barry Elementary School, is especially substantial for all those that organized the occasion.

“We achieved a ton of our childhood mates on this schoolyard,” acknowledged Davone White. “It was not likely approach too many individuals performing these things like this again once more within the day.”

By standing within the hole with objects, White hopes younger ones can have constructive ordeals that result in constructive decisions within the potential.

“As very lengthy as we’re dwelling, there’s usually heading to be any particular person that desires a factor, you understand what I point out, no make any distinction the place by we’re at and we simply wish to make it so much simpler on members of the family and issues like that,” he talked about.

Households in attendance appeared glad to amass a supporting hand.

“I’m fairly grateful that you just males are on this article in an regrettable neighborhood to present out toys and clothes,” acknowledged Jacqueline Ross. “A ton of us this 12 months couldn’t afford to pay for that. So it really is a implausible working day and all people’s comfortable.”

Chester and shut buddies hope to develop the scope of their toy and coat journey to contain numerous forms of sources all via the yr.

“I simply hope that we might be some inspiration to the kids throughout listed right here since you could be elevated on this neighborhood and make one thing constructive out of it,” he claimed. “However you understand, a person has to direct that demand and, you understand, we shall be that value.”

To check much more about The Overcame Foundation, go to their Instagram web site web page.

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