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Raise the Roof

24 Feb

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Chicago pastor, Corey Brooks, has been living on the roof of an abandoned hotel to raise awareness to the gun violence that is claiming the lives of youth on the
Southside. Brooks planned to remain on the roof until the remainder of the money was raised.Today was day number 94.

Disgusted by the level of violence, he and his congregation helped to rid the hotel of drugs and prostitution, planning to renovate it as a community center.”Last year I attended ten funerals of young men, under the age of twenty-five,” says Brooks. “The kids need a place.”

Meanwhile, deejay Tom Joyner asked Tyler Perry for the Harley from his current movie to donate to Brooks’ efforts. After explaining his cause, Perry asked how much needed to be raised; Perry committed to the remaining $98,000.

This made my morning. I only wish more who could afford to would give to worthy causes; it could change this country. Not to get preachy, but if I had it to give, I would.

Too many, including me, know the devastation of gun violence. Many families who live in our cities are accustomed to a level of violence which most associate with other countries.

Btw- I have heard about Chicago’s gun violence in the news but not a peep about Brooks’ mission. Shocking really…

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Family, Movies, Youth

 

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